Monday, January 28, 2008

the davos question

This is quite an interesting phenomenon. World leaders asking EVERYONE: "What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place in 2008?" Although this is for the World Economic Forum - an organization known for its attempts to spread neo-liberal ideals throughout the world, generally helping business by imposing free market principles upon "individuals and countries"- perhaps this is an attempt to "open" the political discourse. Can youtube be a space for political conversation which is not dependent or hampered by political hierarchies? At least from my experience with the CNN/Youtube debates, I would be skeptical, but what are your thoughts?

1 comment:

Excaliborn7 said...

Well, I think youtube can certainly help. It is more public and it changes the tone of some of these events like the cnn/youtube debates. Overall I think we can expect more good to come from the use of youtube in the political realms than we can expect bad. The more things are distributed, seen, exposed, commented on by the many, the more control I believe is in the hands of the people, even if it still doesn't amount to enough. The hope is that one day maybe it will. WHo knows? I'll keep wishing on it though.