YouTube and the 2008 Elections...
Here are a quick set of links to some favorite articles in this month's Journal of Information Technology and Politics - a journal that I am active in contributing towards, and all centered around a common theme... YouTube and the 2008 Elections.
Note: Not all of the articles are publicly accessible. For those that aren't, you'll need to login through an academic account or library.
- “Yes We Can”: How Online Viewership, Blog Discussion, Campaign Statements, and Mainstream Media Coverage Produced a Viral Video Phenomenon
- by Kevin Wallsten
- Congressional Candidates' Use of YouTube in 2008: Its Frequency and Rationale
- by Girish J. “Jeff” Gulati; Christine B. Williams
- Macaca Moments Reconsidered: Electoral Panopticon or Netroots Mobilization?
- by David Karpf
- Online Video “Friends” Social Networking: Overlapping Online Public Spheres in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
- by Scott P. Robertsonab; Ravi K. Vatrapuc; Richard Medina
- The Obamachine: Technopolitics 2.0
- by Cheris A. Carpenter
Some of this research data is fascinating, as not all of it supports widespread beliefs about the relationship between politics and the internet. But for those of you non-academics with only a passing interest on the subject, if nothing else, this list is a strong indication of the many directions in which this burgeoning research field is heading.