Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Election Social Media: We Are The Ones

March 2, 2008

I posted some time back about will.i.am’s video on YouTube: Yes We Can in support of Barack Obama in the presidential race. Well will.i.am’s at it again (picked up from CC Chapman), this time with We Are The Ones.

Maybe I find this particularly interesting because I’m from Singapore and our political scene isn’t as “alive” as America’s, but I think between these videos, the ObamaGirl videos and Twitter activity, it’s just so exciting to just watch this social media phenomenon unfold and just be a part of it, even as a spectator.

Social Media At It’s Best In The US Presidential Race

February 8, 2008

I just got home and was clearing my Google Reader feeds, and Garr Reynolds over at Presentation Zen highlights words, music, images and the power of inspiration with this video featuring Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas with a video mashup with a Barack Obama speech. You might also recognise Common, Harrold Perrineau, Kate Walsh, Eric Balfour, Shoshannah Stern and Amaury Nolasco among others.

Now I don’t claim to be following US politics, and the political flavour of the video is not what gets me. It’s the fact that if you ignore the fact that people in the video are celebrities, we’re living in a world where a group of friends can get together, record a simple video like this on an issue they’re passionate about, upload it on youtube, and get it watched 2 million times in less than a week.

And let’s not forget that this transcends all geographical boundaries. Garr Reynolds was alerted to it by people in Japan, and of course, this post comes from Singapore. I just think it’s amazing we can do all this right now, which would’ve been close to impossible just a few years ago.

Edit: in case anyone thinks this is limited to celebrities, here is another example:

Twenty One. Thousand. Views. In just four days.


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