Tonight, presidential candidates John Edwards and Chris Dodd made history by Ustreaming live video Q&A sessions after the Democratic debate on CNN and reached thousands of viewers.
Until now, candidates and politicians have used the Internet to get messages out and raise money. Ustream gives them a way to engage voters in a real conversation.
For most of the history of politics and television, candidates have sought to control the message with spin doctors, attack ads, and sound bites. Ustream lets candidates cut through these layers of obfuscation and engage directly with voters in a way that no recorded video can.
In a real sense, Ustreaming is a throwback to an earlier era, when politics was a live event and politicians would take the train from town to town, trying to appear before as many voters as possible.
We invite all candidates to join John Edwards and Chris Dodd in Ustreaming. It’s the right tool to provide interactivity, participation, and authenticity.
But don’t take it from us–here’s what other bloggers had to say:
Jennifer Jones: “The use of social media will decide the outcome of the election.”
Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
In yet another example of Ustream.TV impacting the political processes of our country, Presidential Candidate Senator John Edwards streamed LIVE to his base of supporters on Ustream.TV yesterday. In his “Its Time To Party For Change”, the Edwards campaign sponsored hundreds of house parties across the country. Thousands of Americans gathered in living rooms to join John Edwards’ campaign to change America. This is democracy, LIVE.
Senator Edwards was joined by his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards to discuss the issues, build local support, and talk live with their supporters. Each house party was able to talk live with the Senator and Mrs. Edwards. For most of these supporters, it was the first time they were able to directly interact with the Senator.
Another Presidential Candidate Senator Chris Dodd has streamed LIVE on Ustream.TV on several occasions in the past leveraging Ustream.TV’s LIVE platform and rallying his base. ustream.TV has also seen the Young Democrats of Atlanta stream their conventions and politcal activists stream their rallies.
For more information on John Edwards, please visit www.johnedwards.com
Also see Shel Israel’s recent discussions on Ustream and the political process: HERE>>
Presidential Candidate Senator Chris Dodd will stream LIVE today at 5pm EST on Ustream.TV (Click Here). Senator Dodd has shown the power of LIVE video several times by streaming debates, town halls, and interactive sessions on Ustream.TV.
Senator Dodd has said, “One of the great things about the internet is because of sites like MySpace, YouTube and UStream, the financial barrier to communicating on a mass scale is essentially nothing. With a video camera (or web cam) your message can be broadcast to more people in a single day than watch some of the most popular cable news shows. Social networking sites like this one provide candidates and elected officials the opportunity to participate in mass two-way communication — not just talk at you.”
Join Ustream.TV at the 2007 Supernova Conference! Ustream.TV will be providing LIVE interactive sessions with technology and business influencers, leading investors, and top innovators and thinkers. Virtual participation is possible through Ustream.TV’s incredible interactive LIVE platform.
Supernova is where the most dynamic and influential people in technology come to share their visions, network, and learn.
Supernova 2007 confirmed speakers include:
- John Kneuer (Asst. US Secretary of Commerce)
- Sheryl Sandberg (Google)
- Clay Shirky (NYU)
- Denise Caruso (Hybrid Vigor)
- Nathan Myhrvold (Intellectual Ventures)
- Irving Wladawsky-Berger (IBM)
- Zahavah Levine (YouTube)
- Ellen Siminoff (Efficient Frontier)
- Rob Massoudi (Cisco)
- Nicholas Carr (Author, Does IT Matter?)
- Max Levchin (Slide.com)
- Denise Howell (Law Blogger)
- Greg Papadopoulos (Sun)
- Udi Manber (Google)
Topics this year include:
Dark Matter: Are We Missing the Real Internet Economy? â€¢ Virtual Life or Virtual Hype? â€¢ Enterprise IT: The Next Great Disruption? â€¢ Better Broadband? â€¢ Is â€œUser-Generated Contentâ€ the Future, or the Last Gasp of the Past? â€¢ Do You Know Where Your Identity Is? â€¢ Social Media, Social Commerce, Social Communications â€¢ Making Computers Smart: A Dumb Idea? â€¢ Is the Network Neutrality Battle Overâ€¦ or Has it Just Begun? â€¢ Conversational Advertising: Attention vs. Engagement â€¢ Will Copyright Kill Social Media? â€¢ Innovation in the Age of Abundance â€¢ Does the Internet Need an Upgrade?
Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Chris Dodd made internet history today by streaming LIVE through Ustream.tv where he took questions from a variety of internet blogs around the web. It was all LIVE.
The topics ranged from national issues to the Iraq war. Please see the video below of this Ustream.tv LIVE Presidentialcast:
See Video Here
You can learn more about Chris Dodd by visiting his website at www.chrisdodd.com.
Also check out this article called “Dodd Looking To Techies For Edge”
Ustream.tv allows anyone with a video camera or webcam to stream live, interactive video to a global audience. Ustream.tv is building a flexible and easy-to-use platform that allows its users’ creativity to flourish.
Already Ustream.tv has seen broad acceptance bloggers/podcasters/vloggers, bands, citizen journalists, and lifecasters. Founded by two West Point graduates, Ustream.tv continues to explode as the fastest growing company of Web 2.0.