Politics Web 2.0: Senator John Edwards Streams LIVE on Ustream.TV

Presidential Candidate Senator John Edwards LIVE on Ustream.TVTonight, 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.”
http://www.mpdailyfix.com/2007/07/social_media_in_politics.html

Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
http://redcouch.typepad.com/weblog/2007/07/online-video-br.html

Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2007/07/21/john-edwards-to-ustream-this-monday-after-debate-you-can-ask-questions/

John Edwards on Ustream.TV

About Brad Hunstable, CEO and Founder

Brad Hunstable founded Ustream more than six years ago with a vision to bring live broadcast technology to the entire world. Since then, the company has established itself as the leading live, social video site. Hunstable has been ranked among 50 "Digital Power Players" by the Hollywood Reporter and on Variety's Producers Guild of America's Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers for his work at Ustream. Brad is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Ohio State.
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