Sunday, October 7, 2007

This is Why I'm Going to Need to Edit My (Eventual) Videos Carefully

The ability to frame things is amazing, is it not?

I've just seen a very interesting example on this on YouTube and (gasp) it's political. They're both from one of the Republican candidate's political debate. In fact, they're both the exact same video, just two different lengths thereof. The clip involved revolves around two potential candidates, Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani.

Video 1:
Title: Rudy Giuliani Responds To Ron Paul
Description: "Rudy Giuliani responds to Ron Paul during debate in South Carolina"

The average rating on that video is somewhere between a 2 and a 3 (my guess: 2.2). The comments on there are vicious on both sides, but a lot of them (especially near the beginning) come out and say things like "Bravo, Rudy!" and "Rudy definitely came out on top here." and "This clip alone could well end [Ron Paul's] campaign."

Now, let's take a look at the full clip.

Video 2:
Ron Paul vs. Rudy Giuliani
Description: "Ron Paul vs. Rudy Giuliani on terrorism and 911"

Now, the average rating on this video was between 4 and 5 (my guess:4.6). The comments (and there are over 3000 of them) are much more in favor of Ron Paul, and seem to be more hopeful in nature, with the common catchphrase of "Restore the Republic".

One clip, two different lengths, two very different responses. The human psyche is a funny thing, is it not?

(Okay, a small political note: I personally think Rudy Giuliani is a friggin' tool who has no qualifications other than having been mayor in the wrong place at the wrong time [or, insofar as political careers go, the right place at the right time]. As for Ron Paul, I actually like the guy. I don't agree with all of his policies [as I've said before, I don't really agree with any single candidate's policies fully], but he at least is true to his beliefs. The fact that he did not take back his statement, even in the face of overwhelming (and moronic) applause, really says that he has some integrity. And if some of my more liberal readers think I'm being fed conservative horsewash, I'll note that prominent liberal dude Bill Maher actually said that Ron Paul is his new hero. So I'm not getting red in the face here (for the record, of the Democratic candidates, I like John Edwards). However, part of me wishes I could vote in the Republican primary, because man, does that guy need to be the candidate.)

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