The chair of the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen, Matt Hanson, has launched a new effort to better inform residents of the town about what took place during meetings of the Board of Selectmen. After each such meeting, he plans to do a short video summary of what occurred during the meeting for those who aren’t able to watch the meeting live on cable or during one of the recorded replays. His first meeting report video, about 10 minutes long, is below.
I’ve long thought that short-form video has the potential to transform local politics but few seem to take the plunge into using that particular media form. Technology and price are no longer barriers to entry since everyone has a video camera on his or her cell phone, and YouTube is free and extremely easy to use. These are capabilities available to every citizen that were unimaginable a couple of decades ago. Every so often I try to produce more videos – my YouTube channel has 216 videos and has gotten 86,628 videos – but I know I should be doing more. I urge everyone else to give video production a try. The more new video we have about local events and especially local politics, the better off we and our community will be. So for now, congratulations to Matt Hanson for leading the way through the intersection of new media and local politics.