YouTube Launches ‘Town Hall’

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Time to trade in your soap box for a viral video. The Raw Story reports:

YouTube on Wednesday launched a “Town Hall” website at which US congressional leaders address issues in brief videos and viewers get to show which positions they support.

Republicans monopolized top slots in a “leaderboard” at the online forum for debating topics from energy and debt to health care and Afghanistan.

However, rankings were shifting quickly at the freshly launched website designed to let top US politicians indirectly debate important issues and then have viewers vote for preferred positions.

While the people in the videos are identified, their party affiliations are not revealed until after a viewer has chosen a side.

“How would you vote if you focused purely on the ideas needed to make our country and our world a better place, rather than on the parties putting them forward?” Will Houghteling of YouTube News and Politics asked in a blog post.

“After you watch the video, you’ll find out which party the representative comes from and sometimes you might be surprised.”

Issues that were top attention getters at Google News during the past year were selected at topics for virtual debates.

Visitors to youtube.com/yttownhall are invited to submit questions, with members of Congress to provide video responses each month to queries that get the most votes.

14 Comments on "YouTube Launches ‘Town Hall’"

  1. BulletHead | May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm |

    Im sure it this too will fall under censorship. 

  2. BulletHead | May 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

    Im sure it this too will fall under censorship. 

  3. Anonymous | May 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

    Interesting idea. Could be useful in identifying the direction the American people would like to see our country moving.

  4. Anonymous | May 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

    Interesting idea. Could be useful in identifying the direction the American people would like to see our country moving.

  5. I’m sure the politicians are all for it… It’s always easier to lie via video (rather than “in person”) and it’s pretty hard to clobber them with dead cats and rotten tomatoes through youtube.

  6. I’m sure the politicians are all for it… It’s always easier to lie via video (rather than “in person”) and it’s pretty hard to clobber them with dead cats and rotten tomatoes through youtube.

  7. Simiantongue | May 21, 2011 at 3:33 am |

    They should take the party labels off ballots too, just names. There is no real reason to have them there. 

  8. Simiantongue | May 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm |

    They should take the party labels off ballots too, just names. There is no real reason to have them there. 

  9.  Now they can officially know what people want to hear, so they can just say that and get elected.  

  10.  Now they can officially know what people want to hear, so they can just say that and get elected.  

  11.  On the Town Hall thing now, and you would have to be a moron not to be able to tell which is Dem and which is Rep, not to mention the banners on the sides of the videos for Democratic or Republican, the blue or red tie, or if they are speaking like they understand the words they are saying vs reading from a teleprompter badly.  If anything, this will show people they will not side with the Republicans “if they know what’s good for them” and will smooth-sail Obama into his second term.  It is complete BS and propaganda and I encourage everyone to see this for themselves.

  12.  On the Town Hall thing now, and you would have to be a moron not to be able to tell which is Dem and which is Rep, not to mention the banners on the sides of the videos for Democratic or Republican, the blue or red tie, or if they are speaking like they understand the words they are saying vs reading from a teleprompter badly.  If anything, this will show people they will not side with the Republicans “if they know what’s good for them” and will smooth-sail Obama into his second term.  It is complete BS and propaganda and I encourage everyone to see this for themselves.

  13. This is great–I had just about exhausted the entertainment possibilities of my local town council meetings.  Now YouTube has opened up a vast new vista of clownish buffoons to delight me with their assinne behavior.  Bravo! 

  14. This is great–I had just about exhausted the entertainment possibilities of my local town council meetings.  Now YouTube has opened up a vast new vista of clownish buffoons to delight me with their assinne behavior.  Bravo! 

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