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Trial and Error

The YouTube Debates

July 24, 2007 9:04 AM

YouTube remembered to update its Web page ad for last night’s YouTube CNN presidential candidate debates this morning. While the banner ad on the YouTube home page still urges viewers to submit questions for the July 23 debates (um, that was last night folks), when you click through you’ll find a new button to submit questions for the Sept. 17 Republican candidates debate.

The debate page is now a recap and features videos of both the questions users submitted and some of the answers, canned though they might be.

I think it’s unbelievably cool and completely emblematic of the times to actually watch Internet-submitted videos of voters’ questions. It helps you to envision the panoply of different voters and concerns and issues, and is a wonderful blend of old and new media.

So, did you watch on CNN, on YouTube? Did you submit videos? What did you think of the questions and of the answers?


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