Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stephen Harper on Youtube: A worthy exercise in need of tweaking

I finally got around to listening to Stephen Harper's famous Youtube interview.

I like the premise, but I thought the interview itself was a little long, and at points a little dull.

It's not that Stephen Harper was dull. But some questions interested me more than others.

Forty minutes is a long time to sit and watch anything on your computer.

I would like to suggest to the powers that be that they should consider making one Youtube Video per question, as well as offer the interview in toto. This way, you can skip to the questions that you find more interesting.

I didn't like the format of having English and French in the same interview. It seemed a little awkward.

I liked seeing Harper talk from the heart, uninterrupted and off the top of his head. I don't think this kind of interview is a substitute for a journalist-driven interview, because Harper did not have to face tougher follow up questions. But I got an unfiltered answer to the question, and that 's what I like about it: no mainstream media trying to put any spin on it. You can make up your own mind about what to think of his answers.

I genuinely hope this is not the last we see of this. In my last post on this subject, I had some other suggestions. I hope that if there are any communications people who're reading them, they take them into consideration.

UPDATE: I swear, I did not read David Evans' article in the Globe and Mail before publishing this blogpost. He makes many of the same comments I did (sometimes using some of the same words!) Perhaps my post was too predictable?