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Aug 17, 2008

YouTube vs BoobTube

On a quick note here, I just read about the news from Saipan Tribune that the governor will have his "10-minute state address" with regard to the current issues on Saipan through YouTube while it would be free and inexpensive?

I'm just wondering why wouldn't he just hold a media conference with the local media and television network for this statement?

While YouTube has been a very popular video uploading website, it is indeed public and would reach millions of online users. It has been used by people to upload personal videos, movie trailers, movies, viral videos etc.

In some countries, YouTube has been a venue to address statements and revelations from the left and right in the government. I'd say more left because they don't have the means to pay TV for the airtime.

I guess there's no budget for the local government to pay for the airtime, hence, YouTube is an alternative. If I may suggest, the local government can also upload it to DailyMotion.Com, iFilm.Com, vobbo.com, yahoo.video.com, google.video.com, et al.

I believe that the local TV should be a more appropriate to address the islands first. Better quality, and more professional, in my opinion. Then the rights would be exclusive.

The local government then can have the option to upload it to the video web sharing websites e.g. YouTube after the actual event.

While it is at no cost to the local government, it would appear mediocre and substandard, again in my opinion. Proper marketing and publicizing of this rare yet momentous speech event by the governor regarding local issues can help build momentum within the CNMI and among its people for them to wait and tune in for the video address.

Uploading it to YouTube, would mean vulnerability to puns, video editing tricks and many more because we can download the video from YouTube now.

So, be prepared!


Lil' Hammerhead said...

Local Tv is more appropriate.. but don't discourage the youtube video. We can have fun with this! ;}

Marianas Pride said...

Honestly, does this really surprise anyone? It's just another lame decision by Fitial Inc.

No money? LOL! He finally figured that out? Could it have something to do with throwing a bunch of money on sole source contracts like DCM, CISCO, and now Aggreko? Trust me, these are only a pittance compared to the massive sole source contracts signed, sealed, and delivered by Governor Fitial.

Does Governor Fitial not know that the media would cover it for free? All he has to do is call for a press conference. Could it be because he would probably mess that up? And how dare anyone ask him questions. I saw Lanny Walker's camera get knocked when she asked him a question on KSPN. I wonder who it was that did that...

All of our failures cannot be blamed on Fitial. Yes, he did inherit some problems. But the fact that he's made things much worse for all of us can be blamed on him. He made some costly decisions which have, well, left us in the dark. What if every CEO had that attitude? "Hey, things are bad, so I'm entitled to make them worse, okay?" Give me a break. A brilliant leader will find solutions to our problems, not create more problems without offering any logical solutions.

You see, a real man of the people would at least try to hold some town hall meetings or forums with his constituents to get honest feedback and ask them for suggestions. Perhaps his pride got the best of him. Or perhaps he realizes he will be overwhelmed by such an endeavor because the public would ask real legitimate questions, which he just would not be able to answer. The "I am the Rule" or "No comment" or "I have a plan" nonsense would get really old after awhile.

Forget about bitter times. These are the WORST of times.

By the way, any Fitial supporters who think I am Lil Hammerhead or Pragmatic Plato, use that small raisin of a brain of yours and realize that I haven't really said anything that is more or less shocking than either of the two. Why would I run three blogs? How would I have the time?

The simplest thing anyone can do is to check our IP addresses. That will tell you once and for all that I have one blog and one blog alone. I am not that talented or have the time to run three awesome blogs, but thank you for the kind compliments.

Who is Lil Hammerhead and Pragmatic Plato? They could be anyone. They could be your neighbor. They could be your auntie, your uncle, your teacher, your cousin. They could be a judge, a police officer, a mother, a father. Who cares? The identity means little. What matters is whether or not you can refute what they have to say.

I am not going to walk the fine line and kiss up to any leader who is not doing their damn best to make things better for us, regardless of party or friendship.

And forget about the old political gamesmanship of compromise. Our leaders have compromised too much, which is why we are in the situation we are in today. Andrew Carnegie said it best about compromise: "The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised."

And while the masses sit at home in the dark, waiting for a miracle to happen, I can tell you with great certainty that it will not come as long as Governor Fitial is running the show.

I will give praise to Governor Fitial when he makes the right decisions which make our lives better and which benefit our people. So far, his decisions have left us all high and dry.

From DCM to CISCO to Aggreko to snubbing U.S. congressional staffers to suing the federal government with unknown and undisclosed anti-federalization "sympathizers," he has made decisions that have left us with no hope for a better future.

All we can do is hang for our dear lives up until his last day in office.

You know things are at its worst when Filipino guest workers who have worked here for over a decade tell you that they are going home because they could do better back home. Their minimum wage earning minus the exorbitant utility rates they must pay and the high prices for goods mean they are losing money instead of making money.

Bad doesn't cut it anymore. This is the worst of times. And it's not going to get better.

No short-term solutions, and no long-term solutions. Only sole source contracts with Fitial's signature on it.

His latest doozy, the Governor's Emergency Order for CUC, says it all. People are spinning it however they want, but it is in black and white. Governor Fitial has the green light to sole source a power generation contract to an appropriate "person."

The House and Senate leadership said they can do nothing about it, because it is within his constitutional rights as a governor. Great. Thanks for fighting for us fellas.

I want each and every person reading this to honestly ask yourself. Do you trust Governor Fitial to sole source a power generation contract?

That's what I thought.

I can handle the power outages. What I can't handle is the general complacency of our community who are allowing this nonsense to continue.

Hanging on to your job and ignoring your civic duty is meaningless if half your salary is going to CUC and the other half is barely putting food on the table for your kids.

Businesses continue to shut down. People are leaving the CNMI in droves. Do you see any solutions being offered by Governor Fitial? Hmmm, geothermal power? Yeah right. That makes as much sense as filing a frivolous lawsuit against a federal government which gives millions and millions and millions in aid each year. All we keep saying is "Give me more!"

I'll end with an ancient Chinese proverb that you all know: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

In other words, the United States has taught us to fish, but we realized that we don't need to fish when we can just order take-out. The only problem is, our credit card has been maxed out.

Take care and good night,
Ed Propst

Marianas Pride said...
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Pragmatic Plato said...

Exclusive Fitial You Tube clips can now be found at my site -- pragmaticplato.blogspot.com --- I have not been able to confirm if they are actually part of the video that was intended for YOUTUBE that Chucky was speaking of but a maintenance worker found these clips in the trash bin behind the building.


Anonymous said...

Returning to the thread topic, it seems there is a little bit of “sour grapes” in play by the legacy CNMI mainstream media.

Yet when you see what has befallen, for instance, the once-proud Marianas Variety -- now reduced to a foul-mouthed, incoherent blog -- and the blatant slant offered by many CNMI reporters and editors in general, why should the Governor not take his message directly to the people?

“Know the truth and it shall set you free.”

Anonymous said...

Mr. PooPooHead,

You think you are so smart eh? We know you are Pragmatic Plato, Hammerhead and God knows what else! You have a multiple personality. Are you sure you are a man?

You Stupid Chilipino!

Anonymous said...

The "poopoo head" commenter workd for fitial. His ip is coming from fitial's office. Must be one of his advisors. God help us. What a sorry dude.

Anonymous said...

The "poopoo head" commenter workd for fitial. His ip is coming from fitial's office. Must be one of his advisors. God help us. What a sorry dude.

will fish for food said...

does the Gov need a boat 2?

Anonymous said...

Ramon, we know it is you. Stop taking Uncle Ben to the strip club do you think are people do not see you taimamalo!

jeeza loueeza said...

Noni 5 up

“Know the truth and it shall set you free.”

The tiny CNMI has no mainstream media other than poor PI contract workers working for Tan Holdings company paper. The local TV is pretend news for those who can't yet read.

Translate: saipanmiddleroad.blogspot.com


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