The death of televised debates? Enter ExpertVoter.org
While there has been a lot of attention of the recent YouTube/CNN debates, where citizens got to upload videos of themselves asking question, I think youtube may even have a greater impact in a less flashy way: video voter guides. Why? ExpertVoter.org shows 40 second clips from anywhere – interview, debate, web site and they are terrific summaries of the candidates positions.
The site itself is “ghetto”–there aren’t any flashy bells and whistles. As you can see in this screenshot, it’s just a grid of issues and candidates
But the editor has done a good job of picking a single good video to watch in each square. Sure, I’d love to be able to create a quick playlist by candidate or issue. But even as it is, this resource is one you can use. I wonder if there is a way to add rebuttals, citizen comments, etc., too, although you might argue that those elements would only clutter the very concise summary that this service offers.
Go spend some time there now! Why waste 90 minutes to watch an entire debate on TV when you learn what you need in 20 minutes here?