Video content distribution
We need to back up and share Romney videos from this site
There are a lot of reasons to back up, archive, and distribute Mitt Romney videos. First of all, they will go away from his Massachusetts site when Romney is no longer Governor. Have you been to that site? There are over 100 videos! That is enough to fill a DVD! In fact that is a good idea. Could we make DVD's of that these? I would rather watch Romney on a DVD than on my lap top.
The question may come up of weather or not Governor Romney wants these distributed. Well of course he does! He approved them being put on his site!
Also, in his book, Turnaround, Mitt mentioned managers that like to focus on their employee's weaknesses and try to "fix" their problems. However, his managerial strategy is to higher people for their strengths, and if someone has a weakness, he hires someone else to compensate for that weakness. Maybe the connection is a stretch, but I think we can do the same thing with Mitt. Maybe something that he said can be seen as a weakness, and so maybe we shouldn't facilitate its distribution. However, on the other hand, if we share tons of Mitt Romney videos, people won't just see that statement in context of that statement, they will see the bigger picture of which he is and what he stands for.
Which brings me back to his father's "mistake". His father changed his mind of Vietnam. At first he agreed with the generals. He thought they could win, and he wanted to give them a chance. He went over to Vietnam to see things for himself. What the generals showed him re-assured him, and he supported them for a while longer. But the more he thought about it, he decided to change his mind. He tried to explain how the generals had put their best foot forward, and not really been completely honest about their progress. He said that they had brain washed him. The secretary of defense attacked Romney at that time, very viciously. However, before he died, he admitted that they had lied to the high level people that toured Vietnam, and Romney's dad felt much vindicated.
So what does Romney need to learn from his father's experience? To be very careful and not say anything stupid? I don't think so. The Mayer of Chicago speaks his mind. He does not sound rehearsed. He sounds like he is giving you the straight scoop. To an outside observer, it sounds like he is saying something stupid every day. But people love him for it. He over communicates, and sure people try to take his words out of context, and they laugh, but he doesn't care. He is a very interesting person, and people like watching train wrecks! I wish Romney's dad had fought back harder. He didn't say anything to be embarrassed of. I think he was on the side of the right. Well, history proved that he was on the right side. Maybe he didn't give up, but that is how it seems to me.
People are trying to take Mitt Romney out of context already. But if he floods us with content, and goes around the Media, I don't think they will be able to do it. If I was him, I would start his own pod cast. Be the first pod casting presidential candidate. Let him respond to the news as he drives into work., or jogs. Lets hear him rant!
The days are over when you wanted to control your message. You just have to open the spiket, and distribute your content to who ever wants it. There are millions of bloggers, and voters, each with different taste and interest. You can't try and guess what will be the best Mitt Romney content to distribute, you just make it all available, and let people figure out for themselves what is the best video, speech, picture, press release, or action.
Lets not think about it. It is obvious that we want more people to be exposed to videos of Mitt. Let's just do it.
If Mitt Romney's campaign is going to have the most impressive online campaign, we are going to have to do a better job.
Other things we could do with the video's
1. I do not know what percentage of these videos have transcripts. Maybe each of us should commit to finding or making the transcript of one video.
2. Maybe we could upload the content to the I-Pod store. Does anyone have a video I-pod? Does anyone know how to make content for a video I-Pod?
1. Or better yet, if you know how to capture video, you could upload it to this site: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=mitt+romney As you can see there is only one video available. Or here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search=mitt+romney&search_type=search_videos&search=Search
2. When I tried downloading the video's and uploading them to Google Video or YouTube, it didn't work. A friend told me that the files are streaming from "Akamai" and that the files are "actually the streaming hint file". Does anyone know how to fix this?