Are politicians afraid of YouTube?

News: The Detroit Free Press has this excellent article analyzing how YouTube affects, if not frightens, politicians.  Here’s a snippet:

“But the angst about how easily it is to ridicule someone online was reflected in the questions I was asked. One woman representative said someone took a picture of her face and superimposed another body underneath that “was dressed in pajamas” and used it in a YouTube parody. “Is that legal?” she asked.

“I couldn’t help but snicker.

“You laugh,” she said, “But that was embarrassing to me.”

“So were the objects of the crude cartoons used to disparage candidates back in the old pamphleteering days, I said. It’s just that the Internet makes political ridicule more immediate. If you’re in the public eye, you’re going to get your’s blackened from time to time.”

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