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HAPPY MACACA DAY!!!! Just Two Years Ago, YouTube Politics' Breakout Moment

BY Dan Manatt | Monday, August 18 2008

Just two years ago, the modern age of YouTube/Web Video Politics began:

On 8.11.06, Sen. George Allen, a shoo-in for reelection and early favorite for the GOP 08 pres nomination, called Web Campaign video tracker S.R. Sidarth "Macaca".

On 8.14.08, the Webb campaign, unable to get TV stations to take the video and run with the story, posted it on the new video service, YouTube, which as of then was not on anyone's political radar.

The rest is history.

True, there were pioneers in this space before, most notably the "Vlogfather", John Amato of Crooks and Liars. I myself had been working in the Web Video vineyards since 99.

But S.R., the Webb Campaign, and the DSCC's Mike Liddell - and, of course, George Allen himself - created the perfect storm that created the first "Macaca Moment", forever changing politics.

And so, with a tip of the hat and slight bow, I say:

Happy Anniversary!

LINKS:

WEBB CAMPAIGN: Macaca Moment/Allen's Listening Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G7gq7GQ71c

TOP 10 POLITICAL WEB VIDEOS OF ALL TIME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcszvVWJTUg

TOP 10 POLITICAL WEB VIDEOS OF THE 08 PRIMARIES: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9grHLZ8S27w

WEB VIDEO ODYSSEY 08
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gnYagYoJFY&feature=iv
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPdtAGiv9cM