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Winning a Gold Macaca

A record that sells 100,000 copies qualifies as a Gold Record. According to a very interesting story in today's Richmond VA Times-Dispatch, the video of Sen. George Allen calling a native-born Virginian American a "macaca" has now been viewed on YouTube more than 250,000 times.

Therefore I suggest that this qualifies for 2.5 Gold Macacas, and that this term be used as a ratings service for YouTube links henceforth.

Once it gets to a million hits, which I suspect is a very safe bet before November and absolutely gay-ron-teed to happen if Allen keeps bobbing to the top of the cesspool which constitutes the Republican contenders for President in '08, it will be refered to as having won a Platinum Macaca.

I really don't think we'll get to the Diamond Macaca level until the vid of the cabinet meeting with Bush's famous "Ya know what? You promised I got to be dictator and instead all I got was you bunch of fuckin' dicks. This ain't no fun no more, fuck you, I quit." And that will be spread between the official White House security tape and the one off Condi's cellphone cam, so there will be some dispute about rights.

Anyway, this is one of the better stories in a dead-tree forum about the political Internet and its impact:

The news cycle is now almost instantaneous and lasts for days, said Robert Denton, an expert in political communications at Virginia Tech.

With the Internet, what was a one-day news story a few years ago can be repeated day after day, said Denton, chair of leadership studies.

"All politics is no longer local," Denton added.

YouTube showed more than 250,000 hits on versions of the Allen video as of yesterday.

The YouTube Web site allows people to post videos on the Internet for free and index them with key words easily searchable so that others can view the videos, said Michael B. Cornfield, an adjunct professor at George Washington University and vice president of a nonpartisan campaign technology company.

Political bloggers can provide a link to a video on YouTube, he added...

"Just as everyone is a pamphleteer, potentially, through blogging, now everyone is a documentary filmmaker, or propagandist," he said...

Cornfield said the Allen episode is a wakeup call for the political community in calling attention to the growing importance of videos on the Internet.

"It reverberated beyond Virginia. It went from this one little town in the southwestern part of the state to around the world. It was on Comedy Central the next day."


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