Democracy is ... voting often for your favorite video (updated).

Posted: 08 Oct 2008   Print   Send a link
The U.S. State Department's "The Democracy Video Challenge asks budding filmmakers, democracy advocates, and the general public to create video shorts that complete the phrase, 'Democracy is…' The winners will be selected by the online voting public." State Department, 10 September 2008. "Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James K. Glassman will travel to the United Nations to participate in the launch of the Democracy Video Challenge and to highlight the UN’s first International Day of Democracy on Monday, September 15." State Department, 10 September 2008. The State Department might want to read about the BBC World Service's attempt to determine the world's most popular song by way of e-mail voting. The winner was the Irish anthem "A Nation Once Again" by the Wolfe Tones. See Sunday Mirror, 10 August 2003 and previous post.
     Update: "Hosting a youth-targeted video contest on YouTube is certainly not the first thing one would expect from the US government, or any State government for that matter, so this contest could be the opening of a new and updated chapter in public diplomacy." chiaramente, TakingITGlobal, 6 October 2008.