SuperTuesday and mashups

Putting to music Barack Obama’s wonderful speech (extend the About window to read the whole Yes We Can speech)hat tip: rosshill.com.auWhich Australian politician, or which Australian speech would you choose to make a mashup of? Anyone seen a good one? No? The above video is an example of why American’s ‘get‘ collaborative communication and our…


Putting to music Barack Obama’s wonderful speech (extend the About window to read the whole Yes We Can speech)
hat tip: rosshill.com.au

Which Australian politician, or which Australian speech would you choose to make a mashup of? Anyone seen a good one? No? The above video is an example of why American’s ‘get‘ collaborative communication and our election was ‘the internet as just another marketing channel’. There is a difference but it’s hard to articulate until you start to notice the absences. The black holes. Stuff that announces itself by simply not being there.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

Yes, I understand that it’s not normal people but stars: still, I doubt Obama instigated it.

Back to Oz, we didn’t manage to make it an ‘internet’ election last time, but we might next time. BTW, I thought the Greens did a great job. LOLPOLs etc, didn’t you? But there were more negative mashups and sites this time than positive ones.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Perhaps when we receive positive passionate and uplifting messages from our politicians, we will create positive passionate and uplifting mashups in support.

EDIT: I just found will.i.am own youtube submission (over 1 million views) here.
The original (uncut/unmashed) BarackObama video is on Obama08 site. (1/2 way through is the part will.i.am used).

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For those of you who are into West Wing (which flatmate Vashti and I have been (re) watching) I think young Jon Favreau was the speechwriter of this post-New Hampshire Primary. Though Barack Obama also writes his own stuff. But it probably wasn’t Sam S. or Toby Zigler 😛

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3 Comments

  1. Yes we can, that’s great. What did we get? A campaign ripped from New Labour and a lightning bolt of an idea in rhyming his name with the year. I don’t know that this sort of thing could get off the ground here, let alone fly or inspire people, one can always hope though.

  2. You missed the point – not much has happened in Australia with positive mashups of political speeches. Nothing about the message at all.

    GetUp does it’s level best to try and control the discussion (which won’t work for much longer) and most others aren’t even trying to get involved.

    I love the work Will.I.Am did, and it IS inspirational – but would still vote for Ron Paul (Republican) if they let Australians vote. Which they should as US policy impacts us mightily (our soldiers in Afghanistan anyone? ) At least Ron Paul would be articulate, erudite, witty and entertaining when inflicted on the rest of us as the Leader of the Free World.

  3. Oops it was me that missed the point. You are right, we need an original message passionately delivered before we can be bothered creating user gen around it. *huggles* I’ll shut up now 🙂

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