CitizenTube

Why Would Anyone Want to Stop You from Voting?


Video the Vote is a nonprofit organization that employs a network of citizen journalists to capture polling place problems on Election Day. The organization works on both an assignment desk and platform model: people can submit videos to their website, and Video the Vote also contacts individuals in their network and dispatches them to document troubles as they arise in precincts across the country. Already, they are documenting issues in machine technology glitches, and are seeing long lines at several polling places.

We're working with several Election Protection partners both to highlight issues in election fraud but also to encourage voters to document their voting experience no matter what the result. This will be the most-documented election in history, and we encourage people to submit their videos to our Video Your Vote channel on YouTube, at youtube.com/videoyourvote.

The Commander in Chief Test

During the heated Democratic primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, one of the most popular political videos to surface was a cleverly-produced mini-movie entitled "Baracky." Made up of re-edited footage from Rocky deftly overlayed with images of Obama and Clinton, the video became a web-sensation . Humanitainment, the production team behind the video, soon followed up their first effort with an equally impressive second, The Empire Strikes Barack.

This week, Humanitainment released their latest video, "The Commander In Chief Test." It's a slight departure from their earlier mini-movies, but continues their style of blending entertainment with political awareness.

Michael Fox, founder of Humanitainment, recently took time to speak with Citizentube and answer some questions.

Read the full interview after the flip.

Get Your War On


Hilarious, smart, and often politically incorrect, 23/6 is quickly becoming one of the most popular political humor outfits on the Internet. Best known for the web-sensation "It's Raining McCain," 23/6 uses today's headlines as grist for their prolific satire mill. Citizentube caught up with president Sarah Bernard on the eve of the launch of their new animated series "Get Your War On" to ask her some questions.

Citizentube: How did 23/6 come into existence?

Sarah Bernard: After The Huffington Post was launched, and it was clear that it was going to stick around for a while, Arianna (Huffington) had this idea for a website where people could auction off stuff. That idea was taken, but she also had one for a funny news commentary site. The Daily Show is, of course, the gold standard, but in the age of the web, it seemed strange to have to wait around until the end of the day to get a funny take on the news. Arianna has always loved political satire, even before her days in bed (literally) with Al Franken for Comedy Central’s InDecision ’96. So she and Roy Sekoff, the editor of The Huffington Post, started thinking about how this might work. One day Arianna ran into Michael Jackson, the President of Programming for Barry Diller's IAC, and asked him what he was working on. He mentioned a project they were calling at the time "a comedy Drudge." And that's where the partnership started.

Want to Play by Insurance Company Rules?

This week, HeathCareForAmerica’s YouTube channel released “Insurance Company Rules,” a video that takes a humorous approach to an issue that many people don’t find funny. Filmed and put together by the comedy ensemble the Public Service Administration, the video argues that when it comes to health care, there are two sets of rules: the ones that apply to health insurance companies, and the ones that apply to everyone else.

“We decided to create the video because we wanted to highlight the outrageous practices of the insurance industry,” Levana Layendecker from Health Care For America told Citizentube. “Insurance companies get to make the rules that maximize their profits. Their profits are skyrocketing at the expense of our health. …We don't think the American people should be left alone to fend for themselves in the unregulated, bureaucratic health insurance market.”

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