Barack Obama’s plans for the web

By | Nov 28, 2008

It seems that Barack Obama has taken a quite novel approach for a politician with regards to his tech usage.

Barack Obama’s campaign in the 2008 election made use of new techniques such as Facebook, Youtube, and emails in order to reach a broader portion of the electorate in new ways.  It would seem that he intends to continue these channels of communication into his upcoming Presidency through the use of Youtube that harken back in a way to the radio addresses of FDR in the 1930s and 40s (BO’s “Monitorside Chats” anyone?).

These media approaches have been relatively ignored by most political leaders.  While they all maintained websites of some kind, it is easy to wonder if the last few Presidents of the United States knew how to work a computer.  Barack Obama will be, after all, the first President too young to have fought in the Vietnam War.  His ascendency marks a new generation taking the reigns of the political scene with new ways of communicating.  Obama may be able to reach a larger number of Americans by employing these different methods – his campaign donations show how effective he has been at that already.

Now, if only he could use Youtube to fix the economy…

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  1. […] of coverage I still don’t fully know this guy. He certainly ran a brilliant campaign, seems to “get it” in regards to technology and youth culture, and quite oddly seems to have very few people to owe for getting him to the white house. Lack of […]

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