Thanks again. You keep my mind rolling.
This was, quite unexpectedly, deeply moving. I’m glad to see Hurricane Katrina represented as one of the catastrophic disasters that litter the Bush presidency. I have often felt, in the years since it happened, that it has become largely invisible on the political agenda.
Your blog is excellent, Mr Taplin. I’m not American nor do I live in America, but I closely follow presidential elections and your commentary, unlike much of what is churned out, is intelligent and considered. These days, level-headed thought cannot be undervalued.
That was very funny and very sad at the same time. Which is a difficult trick to pull off.
Though I managed to do it routinely back in my dating days.
Awesome video ! !
For some more brilliant satire in the ‘funny because its sad and true’ category, check out “Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency” from the Onion.
This video was brilliant professor Taplin. I especially enjoyed the man trying to hang himself, even though its terribly tragic that people are actually resorting to death to solve their economic woes (e.i., the man that killed his entire family and then himself in Porter Ranch recently).
The ending was the best…..”change”.
Obamas campaign manager needs to see this pronto and they need to stream it on broadcast television. Talk about a twist on political advertising.
But, but but… Jon… the surge is working!
Any “surge” will work for as long as you put overwhelming force on the ground and keep them there. The real test is what happens when the surge ebbs back; what is left is the real result. We haven’t seen that yet, but I can’t imagine it to be anything less than a bloodbath and ultimate partition of Iraq into three countries, zones, or something like that.
Such an interesting video…very amusing yet such real true emotions going on right now. Ill be interested to see how all our economic, political, social issues will play out, especially during an extremely historical election time. Thanks for always keeping us on our toes and finding such interesting articles/videos!
Lets see what the Americans will do with the political landslide… I hope for the best …
back to sanity…. no more imports… and I hope better films.
A clever commentary on the shit-storm that is the US economy… The man in service is “watching his ass” while his buddies are home are kissing theirs goodbye!
that was frekin hilarious! i loved it!
i feel like all of those circumstances are what people are expecting if something doesnt change
this video really demonstrates how the public can affect the outcome at the polls, because the material they create can be quite compelling
I have to agree with one of the previous posts about how moving this video was. I remember that the “Wassup” commercial became huge at the end of Clinton’s administration when we were reveling in an embarrassment of riches as a nation. The poignancy of where those characters and where our nation is in terms of finance, wars, and domestic accountability now is incredible. Who would’ve thought the “Wassup” guys would be part of a scathing indictment on the last 8 years?
Thanks for this Jon.
In context with the original commercial, this parody does a really great job of juxtaposing the easy American lifestyle (which has overflowed from Clinton’s admin into today) with today’s ensuing political chaos. The way this political narrative was crafted, using a beer ad (totally representing “an embarassment of riches” as Dinah calls it), is genius. I think this video makes an exceptional case for user-generated videos as a political voice.
As for whether I’m convinced of what Obama can truly do… well, that’s another conversation.
This was a very interesting piece of marketing that I have never expected. Although it was quite sad in that it portrayed the tragedies of the U.S., it was humorous in its satire. I think it did a good job of reaching the people who is normally not really into the presidential debates.
Great video: I think comedy can be the most powerful way to get people’s attention while also making an important statement. I think this video is successful in that because it shows real scenarios in a more personal light, creating a very persuasive message about voting.
A harsh critique on the Bush administration, a video for the people by the people. It’s an effective attention grabber because it uses the field of pop culture to make some serious political commentary. The very inappropriateness of the juxtaposition of such serious issues and humor seems like a desperate move, but if humor is what it takes to get us to do something, then so be it.
Watching this video and discussing the fascinating schemes behind advertising in class, I thought I’d share some ads I found interesting. The first link has videos that pitch Brita’s new tagline “drink responsibly,” obviously appealing to greenwashing. The second clip shows the public’s skeptical response. Our consumer habits may be subconsciously be influenced by ads’ brilliantly persuasive pitches; but, as time goes on and ads must compete for new space, we are becoming increasingly aware of their tactics.
OK… here are the Brita videos:
The public’s response?
We consumers deserve a lot more credit
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