Wednesday, June 10, 2009

(Super) Good News From Our Buddy Cenk

I just saw this the other day and thought Lefty's would be a great place to post it...

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, visitor to Notre Dame, Huffington Post contributor, wrote a piece about how his show has amassed 92 million views on YouTube.

"What is the significance of this number?" you ask.

As a matter of fact, I asked the same thing. The first thing that came to my head was- "I know! That's the population of The Philippines." Of course. Everyone in the Philippines has watched Cenk Uygur.

Then I thought about it, and realized that TYT hadn't been translated to Tagolog. Darn! Must be something else...

Turns out, that's the magic number known as the "Super Bowl Threshold." Apparently, about 90.4 million people watch the ole pigskin fly around. Now, this is no joking matter. A mere 57 million watched the first 2008 Presidential Debate. Even though Cenk recognizes that the 92 million views came over a series of months, instead of 4 hours, the benchmark is significant.



Anyway, the point is... that Cenk was right about one thing when he spoke at Notre Dame in April- it can be done. The new media way-to-the-top CAN work for some. For others, like ourselves, we wallow in our puny 13,000-view pool of shame (named Anguilla).

So as an editor of Lefty's, I'm here to congratulate TYT for blazing the trail for the rest of us. Hats off to you!

1 comment:

ShamRockNRoll said...

That really is pretty impressive. I'm glad we were fortunate enough to have Cenk speak here at ND. I would love to see him get the 10pm slot on MSNBC!