Citizen journalism meets voter activism on YouTube

Just posted over at PrezVid Chris Dodd’s call on voters to take their cameras and go up to their senators and representatives and ask them about supporting the Dodd amendment, which calls for starting the pullout from Iraq in 30 days. Then he wants them to put the videos up on YouTube.

  • Jeff, I love this idea. Sometimes I fear blogging makes too many of us complacent with expressing our views behind a video camera from the comfort of our homes (which definitely has its place) when we also need to be taking on a more real-world activist role. I’m willing to shove a camera in a politician’s face. Are there laws about hanging out on the Capitol, Hart, Dirksen, Rayburn, Longworth, etc steps with a video camera? I was looking for people action in DC over Memorial Day weekend but didn’t find much turnout.

  • chico haas

    Public figures must answer to the public, so Dodd’s idea not only makes sense, it’s the right of the citizenry to do it. At the same time, one’s stomach for this kind of activity may depend on the tactics used. Someone with a camera might like to hold up a 7-month-old aborted fetus to Hillary Clinton and shoot her facial reaction and response to it. That certainly would play on YouTube, but I doubt it would accurately reflect Hillary’s prepared, reasoned response. Yet her shock and disgust could drive home an opposing group’s point about the inhumanity of late-term abortions – you can even see it in Hillary Clinton’s face. If the element of surprise, or the unexpected encounter, is key, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between ambush journalism and citizen journalism.

    I’m certain Gerald Ford was filmed walking down a lot of steps without tripping. But the false step recorded was the indelible one.

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