The U.K. government--long accused of being backward on understanding tech
issues--has come careering into the 21st century with a strategy that taps on video-sharing sensation YouTube to spread public service messages.
However, while the government appears to understand the potential of the
YouTube medium, its first two video offerings suggest it still has a way to go
to make the content appealing.
But the fact the government is embracing such channels at all is a sign of
great progress, according to a Cabinet Office statement, which hailed the move
as evidence the government is keeping pace with current consumer trends and
"always looking at new ways to reach people with the things that they need to
Ian Dunmore, director of independent e-government body Public Sector Forums,
branded the scheme a world first and said: "It's a ground-breaking move and one other governments might well follow.
"However, we don't expect the videos to surge to the top of the popularity
chart just yet," he added.
And he'd be right to manage people's expectations in that way.
At the time of writing one of the videos, entitled 'Sharing the Leadership
Channel', had been viewed just 98 times--possibly a reflection of what viewers
may consider a rather dry and dull format.
A second, video on 'Transformational
government' appears to have enjoyed greater success following efforts to
engage the viewers with something a little lighter and more visually