Youtube is being taken to a new level (isn't it great seeing the envelope stretched?) going beyond displaying "bumbling and stupid" candidate moments. A new attack ad, against Hillary, supporting Obama, which the Obama camp denies being associated with takes youtube politicking to a new level of cinematographic creativity.
It may be the most stunning and creative attack ad yet for a 2008 presidential candidate -- one experts say could represent a watershed moment in 21st century media and political advertising.
Yet the groundbreaking 74-second pitch for Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, which remixes the classic "1984" ad that introduced Apple computers to the world, is not on cable or network TV, but on the Internet.and
And Obama's campaign says it had absolutely nothing to do with the video that attacks one of his principal Democratic rivals, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Indeed, the ad's creator is a mystery, at least for now.
The compelling "Hillary 1984" video recently introduced on YouTube represents "a new era, a new wave of politics ... because it's not about Obama," said Peter Leyden, director of the New Politics Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank on politics and new media. "It's about the end of the broadcast era."
But some say the ad is just the latest attempt by outside activists to influence political campaigns -- or the newest way for campaigns to anonymously attack their opponents.
The ad portrays Hillary in the Big Brother role and has a young woman wearing an I-Pod taking on Hillary, talking in Orwellian "newspeak."
This is another way that the net is taking power away from big money interests. In that regard, it's a good thing. I hope we see more of these from all the presidential camps.