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ABC News: "YouTube election"

Getting Beyond "Gotcha!"
Online Political Video Ramps Up for 2008

It's a fine, lengthy article by Northfield, MN-native Steve Grove. I've got two paragraphs in this article... twice as many as the Washington Post article! There are two little errors though, see if you can spot them:

Chuck Olson, a Minneapolis-based video blogger for Rocketboom.com, was one of those whom Edwards paid to come along on the tour. Olson got to hang out on the campaign plane, chat with Edwards, and even drink wine with the campaign staff after a town hall meeting in Iowa. He kept his camera rolling, and posted a dispatch on his Web site, MinnesotaStories.com

"I know I'm being used," says Olson, who openly questions whether he could have provided an unbiased perspective of the campaign. But he realizes the power of online video to hold candidates like Edwards accountable. "Candidates have to always be 'on,'" Olson says. "If they screw up, suddenly a lot of people will see it."

I know it's petty. (1) My last name is spelled Olsen, but people almost always insist on spelling it Olson. (2) Minnesota Stories is at mnstories.com, not MinnesotaStories.com (which apparently is/was a downloadable short book.)

I should also clarify my lack of original thoughts. "I know I'm being used" is something I said quoting Robert Scoble. It's an accurate quote because I said I agreed with that assessment, but those words are really his. I'm just borrowing them.

The idea is: Of course we know they're tapping certain people (especially Scoble) to bring Internet cred to the campaign, and to show they're transparent. "Being used" is a crass way of putting it. Really, I think it means the campaign is smart and has hired the best Net-savvy people around to help Edwards engage with online audiences.

Thank you, and good night. See you in the ice shanties.

UPDATE 12/14/06: TWO DAYS AND STILL NO CORRECTIONS! perhaps THEY DON'T WORK WEEKENDS...

UPDATE: YAY IT'S FIXED! I KNOW YOU ALL CARE.

January 13, 2007 at 01:23 AM in Current Affairs, Videoblogging | Permalink

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