The shift to the online World has been happening for a few years, but politics has surely not been on the front row (no even on the first dozen, I’d say). Nonetheless, we’re maybe experiencing what could be the precursor of the New Online Political: John Edwards.
John Edwards has gone were no “known” politic has ever been before: YouTube. He pre-announced his candidacy for the 2008 Presidential Elections through a video posted on YouTube, isn’t that something? (As a side-note, I first saw this information at a Mashable Social Roundup post).
Whether you like him or not, whether you think his speech is ridiculous or interesting, whether you hate or love him, he is being original. He’s using a new tools for the masses and, probably unknowingly, changing the communication mechanisms of XXI century politics.
Who knows if in the near future our governments will address the nation through a personally delivered videocast?