Cool New Political Video Barometer

John Kelly and the other brainiacs over at Morningside Analytics have created a great new political video barometer at Shifting the Debate. Using link and social network analysis of the US blogosphere, similar to what we used for our Iran blogosphere study, you can see what the most popular videos in both the US conservative and liberal blogospheres are, how long they have been around, how many bloggers link to them from each side, as well as how many folks have viewed each clip. It’s updated every six hours, you can also see how certain videos rise and fall over time. For example this clip of the old ‘wassup’ crew appears to have emerged in just the last day but is already the most linked to video on the liberal side (I have to admit, I was living overseas when this ‘wassup’ ad was a thing so probably don’t get the cultural references others might, but still enjoyed it).

On the conservative side, the most popular video is of McCain at the Al Smith dinner (via Fox News), which has been around for a bit longer and is therefore a darker hue of orange–I think all sides agree he was funnier than Obama and is worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet.

And smack in the middle is c-span’s coverage of the last debate.

We’ve been doing more blog research with John on election blogs as well as Russian and Arabic blogospheres. Look for updates on those research efforts this week here on the Internet & Democracy blog. In the mean time, you can play with the political video barometer.

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6 Responses to “Cool New Political Video Barometer”

  1. …My heart’s in Accra » Viral videos in blue and red Says:

    […] A somewhat more informative and serious look at the Morningside project from colleagues at Berkman’s Internet and Democracy project. […]

  2. Spread and measurement « …and then the world Says:

    […] Zuckerman’s write-up of the Political Video Barometer is very informative and humorous, while Bruce Etling has also discussed it, so I’d recommend you read those for analysis, but I’ll quote a section of […]

  3. ::: Think Macro ::: » Reading blogs #4 Says:

    […] – I think the title speaks for itself; interesting take on things.  And here is a – “Cool New Political Video Barometer” – which also has examples of some popular viral videos on both sides of political map.  […]

  4. jhjh Says:

    seems kool

  5. mohamad Says:

    I wanna get into harvard law ? how do i do dat ? hehe

  6. mohamad Says:

    all obama people say dis and dat .. and obama went to harvard law .. so there shouldn’t be any problem is i say dis and dat … iight ? so take dat with you before you go hom