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Thursday, February 7, 2008

YouTube as political zeitgeist

Super Tuesday has come and gone, and Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are digging in. Who knew it would be such a tight race?

YouTube knew. That is, the people posting viral campaign videos.

Some say it started with "I Got a Crush... on Obama," a sultry R&B spot where the singer professes her love for the Illinois senator.

The piece has prompted a slew of video responses, notably the emo rock clip "I Got a Crush...On Hillary" and one of my favorites, "Bush Clinton Dynasty Pizza Rap."

I haven't seen any comments from the Clinton camp on the YouTube campaign phenomena, but "It's just one more example of the fertile imagination of the internet," Obama told The Des Moines Register this summer.

"More stuff like this will be popping up all the time."


Anonymous said...

So, any songs or videos out there about Republicans?

Michael Krieger, Special Sections Editor said...

Lots... I'll sift through the official and not-so-official videos and update next week. Thanks for the comment!