Putting to music Barack Obama’s wonderful speech (extend the About window to read the whole Yes We Can speech)
hat tip: rosshill.com.au

Which Australian politician, or which Australian speech would you choose to make a mashup of? Anyone seen a good one? No? The above video is an example of why American’s ‘get‘ collaborative communication and our election was ‘the internet as just another marketing channel’. There is a difference but it’s hard to articulate until you start to notice the absences. The black holes. Stuff that announces itself by simply not being there.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

Yes, I understand that it’s not normal people but stars: still, I doubt Obama instigated it.

Back to Oz, we didn’t manage to make it an ‘internet’ election last time, but we might next time. BTW, I thought the Greens did a great job. LOLPOLs etc, didn’t you? But there were more negative mashups and sites this time than positive ones.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Perhaps when we receive positive passionate and uplifting messages from our politicians, we will create positive passionate and uplifting mashups in support.

EDIT: I just found will.i.am own youtube submission (over 1 million views) here.
The original (uncut/unmashed) BarackObama video is on Obama08 site. (1/2 way through is the part will.i.am used).

Charles Ommanney / Getty Images for Newsweek

For those of you who are into West Wing (which flatmate Vashti and I have been (re) watching) I think young Jon Favreau was the speechwriter of this post-New Hampshire Primary. Though Barack Obama also writes his own stuff. But it probably wasn’t Sam S. or Toby Zigler 😛

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