I’m still working on parsing this peculiar video starring Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et al.  On the one hand it’s rather encouraging that as a group Congress has decided that keeping in touch with constituents via the internet is a priority.  On the other hand, isn’t it funny that they seem to have decided to appear on YouTube in a decidedly old-school fashion?

Look at the hand gestures Sen. Reid makes.  Congressman Boehner still looks like he’s reading cue cards.

I know it’s a lot to ask of our well-groomed, professionally-handled politicians to do something as audacious as break not just with the media of communication but with the paradigms of political conduct, and maybe this will change over time.  I just can’t help but think that we’re still working with a two-party system, and those parties are really into managing and handling their leaders’ images.

It’s sort of telling that all four politicians have received not-insignificant contributions from the Google PAC (I didn’t even know there was one) and, of course, Google owns YouTube.  Maybe “transparency” isn’t really in the cards for this.  There are good non-monetary reasons to choose YouTube, of course, like its enormous user base and easy, familiar interface.  But it does beg the question: what is this really about, anyway?

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