Decision 2012 Goes Viral: YouTube Launches Politics Channel

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If your dream for the next year is to spend as much of it as possible watching political campaign ads and the parodies thereof, then YouTube has just made your life a lot easier (Also, you might want to think up a more fulfilling dream). The site launched YouTube Politics yesterday, a new channel dedicated to “the latest campaign ads, parodies, gotchas, and speeches, offering you a 360-view of the election.”

According to YouTube news and politics manager Ramya Raghavan, the site “wanted to paint a really holistic view for what politics looks like on YouTube… We’re seeing that citizens have an enormous appetite for getting political information online.”

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This is just the latest move by parent company Google to become involved in next year’s Presidential election; the company already co-hosted the Fox News Republican Debate in September. In 2007, YouTube itself partnered with CNN for a debate, but no similar event has been announced as yet for next year’s election.

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Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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