YouTube’s Congressional Debates
YouTube has launched a new platform that allows members of Congress to debate issues.
The channel, dubbed YouTube Town Hall, is filled with debates surrounding the budget, economy, energy, Afghanistan, education and health care. Initially topics were chosen by popularity on Google News and Google web search over the past year, but YouTube plans to accept questions from viewers in the future.
Each debate features two members of Congress who explain their points of view on the given topic in videos made especially for the Town Hall channel.Sides are not necessarily drawn along party lines, and viewers only find out what party each debater belongs to (unless they recognize him or her, of course) after they choose which person’s perspective they support. Those votes will be tallied and displayed on a leader board to show who is “winning” the debate.
Read more about the new platform here.