Politics isn’t the only thing changing on this historic day. Video is undergoing a major change as well. Congress now has its own YouTube channel. So if you want to know what your representatives are up to, check out the video channels for the House and Senate. And our new president is already using the video sharing website to make weekly addresses to the nation. It’s about time we got an upgrade from those outdated radio addresses. And if you’re working today at the time of the big inauguration, all the major news outlets (including ESPN) are providing multi-platform programming—set your TiVo to record the television broadcast, but you can watch online, on your mobile phone or even via video-on-demand after it’s all over. We’ve definitely entered a new video era—it’s everywhere—in politics and in the rest of our daily lives.
Most online video today is pretty grainy—there’s a lot of room for technology improvements—but video is certainly transforming from an entertainment medium delivered to your television to a whole new information delivery tool. It has become more than just a sit-on-the-couch, lean-back experience (although I don’t plan to give up my couch potato ways any time soon!).