Is it possible for one harmless incident to cost someone a job? Or completely end someone’s career? Or even take them out of the running for a political position? Social media within corporations or politics allows information to spread like wildfire, which is sometimes helpful and makes campaigning easier less expensive, more sustainable and all around more effective. In Howard Dean’s case however while running for the Democratic candidate one noise (it wasn’t even a word) may have cost him the presidency:
Here is the original clip of Howard Dean during his Rally:
Here’s one of many mixes and edits to his rally. This example is an edited version of the rally with political candidate Dean Howard’s “Byahh” with a techno beat.
Here is a spinoff that Comedian Dave Chappell did on one of his episodes which appeared on comedy central. It later had hundreds of spinoffs and clips from it on Youtube spreading like wildfire.
Now here’s an example of when the satire even gets poked fun at and with almost 400,000 views on Youtube many people know Dean Howard for the one instance where he said “BYAHHHH”
After seeing these examples, it is truly possible for ones reputation to be tarnished by only one action thanks to the viral ability of social media websites combined with youtube. Would this have been the case 20 years ago? Even 5 years ago I don’t see one little harmless action like this having such a detrimental effect making one wonder if social media is really entirely good for politics?