YouTube, CNN invite cats falling out of trees to US Prez debates
Voters ask questions via low-quality video
A tip for all you Yanks reading El Reg: This summer, during two U.S. presidential debates scheduled to air on CNN, candidates will answer questions submitted via YouTube by web-cam-wielding Net freaks. A Democratic debate is slated for the night of July 23, with a Republican version to follow on September 17.
The CNN/YouTube Debates were announced this afternoon on the Official Google Blog. "For the first time in history," writes a breathless Steve Grove, YouTube’s head of news and politics, "the questions asked in both a Democratic and a Republican primary debate will come straight from YouTube videos." We feel the need to point out that YouTube hit the Net well after the last presidential election.
The blog post also includes a YouTube video of a 30-second smarm contest between Grove and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. "I’m going to be hosting the event," Cooper tells YouTube users, "but frankly, I’m not going to be doing very much. It’s going be your questions that are asked and your videos that are shown."
Taiwanese and Japanese?
Sorry for the ignorance, but it does sound interesting - what exactly about Taiwanese and Japanese legislatures?
Comparing pros to amateurs
Give us a chance to test waters a little and then work up to the professional level. Those politicians in Taiwan and Japan are the big leagues. I certainly don't expect Beckham level performance from amateur level players.
Also, our press still goes apoplectic when a politician says something as "controversial" as "Immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media to learn English". Do you want their heads to explode? (Come to think of it, that might be a desirable outcome.)
While that Alabama punch-up was mildly entertaining, you have a LONG way to go before you equal the Taiwanese or Japanese legislatures...