Friday, October 22, 2010
When It Comes to their Own Messages, Governors Don't Like Filters
I'm not sure if this is the message Governor Tan Man wanted to get out to his constituents. (985,300 views versus, for example, 28 for 'Charlie Crist addresses the Ripon Society').
Link to October 22 Appleton Post-Crescent article, "Governors send unfiltered message to public with YouTube videos".
Excerpt: A growing number of the nation's governors are joining the laughing babies and dancing cats on YouTube with videos aimed at getting their unfiltered message to constituents.
At least 38 governors have videos on the online site, including nine who have started this year, a Gannett Wisconsin Media review shows. At least nine other governors have posted videos using other services and state websites.
"It's helpful in getting the message out directly to the public," says Rachel Reeves, a spokeswoman for Kansas Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson. "Social media, in general, really helps in getting your message out directly to constituents, unfiltered, without any sort of press sort of narrowing it down to a couple of quotes he may have used." [Irony alert]
YouTube use by governors is a bipartisan activity. Seventeen Republicans, 20 Democrats and one independent — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — currently have videos posted there, the review shows.
And if you go to Crist's audio-video gallery page, the most recent video is from May 25, 2006.