With less than five days to go until the election, time is running out for candidates to spread their message and for Edmontonians to get informed. I suspect there will be lots of people “cramming” over the weekend! Currently, 90 out of the 112 candidates running in this election have a website. Most of those websites have information on issues, platforms, etc. That information is great, but it can be hard to get a sense of someone through text alone.
Video can help you learn about a candidate in a different way. Body language, intonation, and emotion are all important aspects of communication that are lost when all you’ve got is text. From a practical perspective however, video is difficult to use. It can take significant time and effort to both create and consume. And if recent research is to be believed, it can be hard to justify the cost when nearly 20% of viewers abandon a video after just 10 seconds!
That might help to explain why just 12 of the candidates have YouTube pages. In total, they have uploaded 76 videos this election season, which in total have been viewed over 10,000 times (about 134 times each, on average).
In total, I have aggregated 1046 videos related to the election at ShareEdmonton (so far). You can see all videos, videos by ward, or videos by candidate. For example:
Here are some statistics on the aggregated videos:
- Every video has been viewed at least once. In total, those 1046 videos have been viewed more than 26,000 times.
- The average number of views per video is 25.
- Daniel Dromarsky’s video on the Downtown Arena is the most viewed.
- There are 104 videos with comments (9.9%).
- The average number of comments on those videos is just under 2.
- Daniel Dromarsky’s video on the City Centre Airport has the most comments.
- There are 142 videos with ratings (13.6%).
- The average rating on those videos is 4.2. There are 108 videos with an average rating of 5.
The vast majority of those videos have been uploaded within the last month or so.
That lonely video off to the left is from Ward 1 candidate Andrew Knack, who definitely started early.
There have been two key producers of election-related video: CTVnewsEdmonton and edpublicschools. Of the 1046 videos, those two users have uploaded 916. As a result, most candidates have some kind of video online, and a number of them have simply embedded CTV’s or Edmonton Public Schools’ videos on their own websites.
There are lots of other places to find election video (and audio):
- City of Edmonton archived forums
- CTV’s fantastic Election 2010 site
- Edmonton Public Schools
- Edmonton Catholic Schools
- Edmonton Sun election video
- Global TV mayoral videos
- CBC has election-related audio clips
And hey, what’s a post about video without an actual video! Here is one from the edmontonian on the basics of the municipal election:
You can watch part two here.
The final mayoral forum takes place tonight at Eastglen School, and election day is Monday! On election night, only CTV is planning to have live coverage on television, but there will be lots of online coverage. ShareEdmonton will be updating live with results, I’m sure #yegvote will be busy on Twitter, and the edmontonian will be broadcasting live.
Make sure you vote!