In answer to the question “why all this musing on campaign videos?”, if all goes as planned, I start my PhD studies in the fall. Provided I go the anthro route, I’ll be looking at citizen journalism and American politics. Internet video broadly, and YouTube specifically, play an important role in that mix.

Honestly, the more I begin to explore YouTube, the more complicated things get. It’s a mish mash. And the threads that are emerging from it are so varied I’m not quite sure where to start. All of it complicates this question of what exactly a citizen journalist is. There’s a lot of citizen commentators and folks who post clips from news networks. And activists.

I’m just not quite sure about “journalists.”