Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The planet's boob tube?


English version is here. I’m posting the French for the sheer novelty value as a show of solidarity with our new friend in Paris. And there is a news angle here, believe it or not: 10 Downing Street just opened its own YouTube account, making Blair the first world leader to embrace online video.

If it weren't the twilight of Tony Blair's political career, you'd think this was just a pander-to-youth-voters stunt, the contemporary equivalent of Bill Clinton visiting Arsenio Hall's show to play the saxophone. But Blair's new YouTube video congratulating the French and their President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy instead seems to signify something more meaningful: a recognition that giving a speech anyone can access, e-mail or post on their own Web site is a powerful means of communication.

Bush will probably be next, but this sort of thing is much more useful to someone like Ahmadinejad or Chavez. It’s a freebie propaganda pipeline to the west, it’s more intimate and therefore humanizing than a televised speech, and YouTube is positively crawling with Truthers and various other useful idiots who’d be receptive to their message.

Sure, American politicians and special interest groups already use the site to great effect, but when international leaders move onto the platform, something bigger is happening. Is YouTube officially the default TV network of the planet? Blair’s channel would seem to argue the affirmative.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He actually speaks pretty good French. I am rather impressed unless this was dubbed.

5:14 pm  
Anonymous henry d said...

Listening to him in French makes me want to hear Bush attempt the same!

5:16 pm  
Anonymous max said...

Meanwhile, here's what's going to happen next ...

5:19 pm  
Anonymous Honkman said...

Nice one.

He ALMOST appears genuine the lying bastard.

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hell, the French finally did something right, they elected Sarkozy. Now, you will see the same mindless antics the left acts out on or soil in France.

5:28 pm  
Anonymous heartybowl said...

One of my rather odd passions in lifespeaks volumes of the contradictions I live by. I hate politics and the petty nature it brings out in people. We act immature and often make selfish choices in the process of supporting or devouring candidates. But it fascinates me to a perverse manner.

5:29 pm  
Anonymous hb13 said...

Why rip into Sarkozy? He is pro-American and a free marketer in comparison to most of France. He wishes to see France start to lurch forward to become relevant once again than a stale irrelavant nation it is.

I think that is good no?

5:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viva la City Slicker!

5:34 pm  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I kinda like the fact he did it in French - you can imagine him in the supermarche on a camping holiday with Cherie and the kids.

Puss

5:37 pm  
Blogger That's so pants said...

Don't CS - it's just too embarrassing.

9:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way too embarassing.

Time to go Tony!

10:19 am  
Blogger *snake*bite* said...

Was his french version dubbed???

When i see Tony Blair and then i see him start talking all i here is a buzzing noise - small minded some may think - i just don't like the way the man goes about things?!

Overall the whole thing just made me laugh both english and french versions

xXx

1:28 pm  

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