+Michael Anonymous ...however just the name +Newt Gingrich FORCES people to react. Its unavoidable. To avoid any of this you would have to have a screencast of regular everyday people using Hangouts, then people would focus on the application instead of the person.
A couple of observations, if I may:
The name doesn't FORCE anyone to do anything any more than the name Obama FORCES people to spew hate. That knee-jerk compulsion says nothing about the target and a great deal about the person who feels compelled to react. Our reactions should always be our own and not some Pavlovian response. One has to be seriously indoctrinated to make such reactions unavoidable
I think you've missed the whole point of the original post here. It's not the screencast that's the big deal. It's not even about how cool hangouts are (and they are). This is about:
A. Government officials being able to communicate directly to the populace without being reduced to sound bites and spin from commentators (who can tell what they actually said after that kind of repackaging - and yes, it's pretty easy to tell that the video has been edited before posting, but the original hangout wasn't).
B. Those same officials being able to hear from real people, not just the stooges and plants that are prearranged for larger media events. That's not to say the folks in this particular instance weren't pre-selected, or that dissenting opinions weren't edited out. I'm talking here about the potential for real leaders to hear from real people.
C. In my opinion, this will make for more civil discourse about things that divide our country - or any country. The internet has made it too easy for people to vent their spleen without thinking about the person they're vilifying being a fellow human being. It's easy to talk trash about someone who isn't present in the conversation or is only text on a screen, but that face being there in front of you, at least to me, seems to make a difference that may allow us to hear one another instead of talking past each other.