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Trial and Error

Palin’s Bad Moment in Philly an Online Hit

November 3, 2008 7:00 AM

It’s only one more day till D-Day, so let’s talk politics for one more day!

According to the online buzz tracking service Trendrr, the video of Gov. Sarah Palin getting booed at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game last month logged more views online than her 1984 swimsuit appearance.

I’m told the swimsuit video has been pulled from YouTube, but even if it were still up I wouldn’t link to it because I don’t want to participate in that sort of objectification.

Nevertheless, this blog is about what’s hot and what’s not online. So it’s worth noting more people viewed the video from the Flyers game (more than 1.5 million), than the pageant appearance with more than 1.4 million views.


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What's wrong with participating in that kind of objectification if Sarah submitted herself to it voluntarily?

Not that I'm interested in seeing it. She's not my type.

Lee Hunt:

Hi Daisy, while I was watching the Palin hockey clip a little "bug" appeared in the upper right hand corner that said "Vote Obama on Nov. 4." Clicking on it sent me to Obama's YouTube channel. This is the first time I've seen something like that. Is this something new, or am I just out of touch?

Online Video Lessons Learned: Make Truth More Powerful

The crowd is wise. However, while online buzz tracking service Trendrr should be reliable in reporting that Gov. Sarah Palin was indeed getting booed at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game, that essential part of the audio really didn't come through in this YouTube video.

The copy-and-paste mentality degrades the online video medium, and lessens the reputation of its’ practitioners. Journalistic video posters should perceive and act upon their social responsibility to get a point across, to make the truth more readily evident.

Feeling geeky yet? Follow the rest of my rant on this subject at http://richreader.blogspot.com/2008/11/online-video-lessons-learned-make-truth.html

Your Daddy:

Hey Daisy.

Sure you don't.



I didn't hear anyone booing....

Magic 109:

I didn't hear booing. As a matter of fact, I see people cheering and clapping in the background.

balls deeeep:

''...I wouldn’t link to it because I don’t want to participate in that sort of objectification. ''

deary me

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