YouTube for Democracy

David Parry bio photo By David Parry

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I have been increasingly interested in the way YouTube changes the public sphere. Over at Emerging Media and Communications (website for my department here at UTD) I wrote about a teacher who is exploring these issues in the classroom and at Media Commons I raised the question about how the Youtube Debates might change our perception of the candidates.

Now to add to this discussion is The Hub, a website dedicated to using participatory media for human rights. This site allows activists, teachers, filmmakers, journalist, or anyone who is interested to upload content, primarily video in order to enrich the discussion about the struggle for human rights. For example, you can watch video depicting police violence against protesters in Burma, but also from conflicts which receive less media coverage, such as this video about the tribal people of Papua New Guinea.