Politics in the Age of YouTube

A few weeks ago, Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, and I held a public conversation about “From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy: Politics in the Age of You-Tube” at Otis College. The conversation ranged across many aspects of the current campaign season — from “Obama Girl” to Huckabee’s relationship to Chuck Norris, from The Daily Show to this anti-Hillary video — suggesting the ways that social networks and participatory culture have impacted this most unlikely of campaign seasons.

Otis has now release a YouTube video featuring highlights of the exchange, mostly focused on the Obama campaign.

I am heading out soon for Austin, Texas where Steven Johnson (Everything Bad Is Good For You) and I will engaged a conversation about the contemporary media landscape which will open South by Southwest this year. I hope to see some of my regular readers in the audience.