Tonight in South Carolina a groundbreaking event in American Politics will take place: American’s voices will be seen and heard. A few weeks ago it was announced that CNN and YouTube would be teaming up to allow the American voter a visible way to get their questions answered by the Presidential candidates. People have been and are being allowed to submit a question through video via YouTube to possibly be answered by a Presidential candidate. CNN will select a group of the videos to be broadcast during the presidential debates and the candidates will be answering them on the spot. This is part of the YouTube YouChoose 08 campaign. YouTube is the #4 searched site on the entire internet falling only behind the big three (Google, Yahoo, and MSN.) This means that YouTube sees an incredibly large amount of traffic and they feel that they are the perfect outlet to get voters interested in the election. The debate that will take place this evening is between the Democratic candidates that are vying for their parties nomination. On September 17th, the Republican candidates will have their YouTube infused debate covering many of the same issues, but with their specified video submitted questions. Regardless of your political affiliation it has been stated that the creation of this campaign was done in hopes to support the founding grounds of Democracy. Some people are challenging this and stating that this is taking all control out of the candidates hands, while others are praising it in succeeding in its goal.
What are your thoughts? How do you feel about CNN choosing the questions that will be asked?
After I made this post, I noticed (through the power of Technorati) that another blogger made a very similar post within minutes of mine. It is pretty amazing that personal publishing can connect similar thoughts in this manner