Dear GOP: Keep Doing What You're Doing (Heh)

Misguided Effort to Counter Obama Shows How Not to Run a YouTube Contest

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B.L. Ochman B.L. Ochman also writes the popular What's Next Blog.
Social media = new media + opinion. Our opinion.

If you want us to vote for you, buy from you, read you or enter your contest, we want to hear your point of view, and then we want you to listen and respond to what we think. Social = two-way street.

The Republican Party's clueless new video contest demonstrates how new-media principles continue to elude the red team.

Republicans, says Finance and Commerce, are combatting "the Obama campaign's ability to excite people through the Internet," and therefore, "the Republican National Convention announced an online video contest in partnership with YouTube."

The national contest encourages participants to create a video that answers the question "Why are you a Republican in 2008?" The winner will be invited to attend the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, where the video will be played during proceedings.

Who decides the winners? The Republicans. Not the public: the Republicans. (Excuse me, I was breathless from laughing for a moment.)

Dear Republicans: Please keep doing exactly what you're doing now. You're doing everything exactly the right way.

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Full disclosure: I'm not a Republican.
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