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Political ads and social discussion (war)


This one’s doing the rounds of online communities, so you might see it in a few places:

Not quite Yes We Can by Obama but interesting use of YouTube by John McCain

The Daily Dish likes it. Slate calls it the Barney the purple dinosaur ad. One of the commenters at Ross Douthat said it reminded them of 6th grade sex education films. Me? It starts off well – contention and debate is good – then gets subverted into a support for the military actions overseas.

What’s our (Australia) most powerful and charismatic political message by a politician? Will watching and being exposed to overseas campaigns educate us on what is possible and will we start to reject staid and unenlightening speakers? Reminds me of being a studen at Uni. Most lecturers seem to strive to make their lectures as boring as batsh!t. Then along comes some hunky tutor who whips everyone into a fury with passion and knowledge and … or was that just me? Heh.

By the way, it’s intriguing to watch the nature of social spam. Most the videos that are posted “in response” have nothing to do with this video. Then there are one or two that are die-hard Republican party line vids. And a cartoon.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

2 thoughts on “Political ads and social discussion (war)

  1. OMFG, what a piece of crap. That video makes me want to throw up and then throw the Macbook out the window. Is it a joke? The script sounds like it was written by a random American jingoism generator. The theme is the worst kind of Hollywood schmaltzy elevator music. The whole ad screams “We don’t have anything real to say to you so we hope you won’t mind us just waving a flag and saluting for a couple of minutes.”

    In MY dreams, the people stand up and right against this kind of vacuous propaganda and demand honesty, transparency and real answers from our political candidates.

    In MY dreams, the people refuse to get sucked in by demeaning, brainless messages and expect a higher level of integrity.

    In MY dreams, we take the tools given to us by our forebears, the internet and the PC, and we fight to wrest control of the message and of the system, away from the old, rich white guys running things, and we re-invent the future of the human race.

  2. Dunno Cam *looks doubtful* there was a lot of jingoism and bullying in your rant. 😛

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