Thursday, March 20, 2008

Parliament nervous of the Youtube generation

The Sun newspaper and a Facebook Group are campaigning to end a ruling that scenes from parliament cannot be posted to Youtube on the basis that if clips were put on the site they could be downloaded and “manipulated” by anyone so Commons Commission spokesman, Nick Harvey is quoted as saying.
The call to bring parliament into the 21st Century and engaging with an audience that watch online videos more than commercial television and public service broadcasting is an interesting one. Parliament could build its own Youtube site that brands videos; there is of course the problem of what would be posted and who would choose how to select bitesize elements of the day. Prime Minister's Questions would probably be popular, but are perhaps unusual in terms of much of parliament. Whether anyone should be allowed to post bits of parliament is a broader issue perhaps but there is also the question why not? There are clips from Canadian, Taiwanise, Australian and the European parliament on Youtube already as well as a couple of the UK parliament that seem to have slipped under the radar.

Then there is the question of what would happen if someone did rip a video of parliament from the television and post it (manipulated or not) onto Youtube. Would that count as treason? Could it be an offence? If so, is George Galloway due problems?

1 comment:

Matt Hurst said...

Well as you mentioned most of parliment is rather dull to the none politically interested person.

Though i agree maybe a parliment channel would be interesting, espically for some students who don't have a television for numerous reasons.