YouTube has recently introduced citizentube. This channel kind of reminds me of Jon Udell’s post about recording local politics and making it widely available for a more nuanced look at a candidate’s stance on a wide range of issues. He also suggested here that the idea of making these resources widely available should not simply be for vitriolic attacks and mashups to garner viral attention, but rather for a closer analysis of what candidates are saying and how their own positions can be understood more comprehensively.
So, can we think of citizentube as one potential repository for these resources that we can then augment with a tool like Mojiti? I feebly tried a quick experiment along these lines here. Might a collaborative annotation tool like this broaden the possibilities for a more pointed “close reading” of what the candidates are saying? I am really starting to agree with an off-handed comment that the CogDog made at the NMC Conference on Video Converge: 2006/2007 is the year of the video! (Alan, am I misrepresenting what you said here?) The larger question now is how do we use it to make some kind of intelligent and responsible impact on 2008 and beyond.