The New Voices of Democracy

Over the past few weeks I’ve come across several great examples of how the web is enabling new and exciting voices to contribute to the political debate. Thanks to affordable video cameras and new distribution channels, inspiring messages are being created (by both celebrities and unknown artists) that would not have been possible back in the days where we were limited to the mass media outlets of TV and newspapers.

The Great Schlep - This site features a hilarious video by Sarah Silverman asking young Jewish voters to encourage their grandparents who live in Florida to vote for Obama in order to swing the vote in his favor. The video is both good for a laugh but also quite brilliant in both it’s message and approach.


The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

Vote for Hope - This is a stunning music video by MC Yogi that is a wonderful example of the power and the possibilities of the remix. The graphics are phenomenal and the inclusion of Obama’s speech is quite powerful. The style of the video rings true to Obama and the visuals really complement MC Yogi’s lyrics. Thanks to Amy Lenzo for the link.


Obama ‘08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

5 friends - This is a powerful video with a passionate message from celebrities to encourage young people to vote that speaks to them in a language and medium that they understand. I was surprised to learn from this video that you must pre-register a month beforehand to vote in the U.S - in Canada you can register at the polls, the day of.

Vote for Environment - This web site was developed in order to encourage Canadian voters to strategically vote for parties that support the environment. Currently there are three “green” parties that support the environment (Green, NDP, and Liberal) and one party (the Conservatives) whose policies do not, and this party happens to be in power.  Each riding has it’s own page with a map and poll results, as well as recommendations from the authors of the web site on how to vote to ensure that a party that support the environment gets elected.  The site is well designed with great visuals (including color-coded graphs and integrated Google Maps) and is a wonderful example of connecting like-minded people with information to support a larger goal.

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