Archive for September 4th, 2008

Community Organizers Strike Back! (At Sarah Palin)

Guess what — people who are trained to organize political action might just be able to hit back if you take ‘em on. In the few hours since Republican V.P nominee Sarah Palin made fun of Barack Obama’s community organizer background at her speech at the RNC, the Obama campaign has already sent out a mass fundraising email using her remarks as a hook: “Why would the Republicans spend a whole night of their convention attacking ordinary people? With the nation watching, the Republicans mocked, dismissed, and actually laughed out loud at Americans who engage in community service and organizing.” And of course a quick donation from you will make it all better.

The lefty blogs have also joined in the spirited defense of the humble community organizer, and their disciples are spreading the word far and wide. And so are individual activists like my friend nerdette27, who figured out last night that Palin’s not the only one with access to a video camera: in the clip below, she neatly turns Palin’s remarks against her with some fine verbal jujitsu. Another highlight: Jesus is on our side! (Pharisees beware…).

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How to Use YouTube Statistics for Advocacy, Politics and Viral Marketing

Here’s a tip from Ed Kohler at Technology Evangelist: YouTube statistics can be your friend, if you’re doing online political work or just trying to get a video to take off virally. For instance, clicking the Statistics & Data tab underneath a the version of any video on the actual YouTube site (as opposed to a YouTube video embedded in a page on an outside website) lets you see who links to that video page. Once you know where it’s being discussed, you can track and join the conversation there — and attempt to shift it in your direction (please be transparent about who you are! Unless you’re evil).

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