Friday, July 27, 2012

Me On Yahoo! shit: Check out my article

It's just a short blurb about negative campaign ads.  I wrote it under the guise of being an "undecided voter," and apparently they took the bait.

See for yourself.

http://voices.yahoo.com/negative-campaigns-condescension-playing-for-11615140.html?cat=75

7 comments:

Joe Markowitz said...

Can you think of any possible campaign ads that could possibly affect the vote of a well-informed person such as yourself?

The main reason campaigns have to run ads is that the other side runs ads. If all campaign ads were restricted, there would be no effect on the outcome, and people would be just as well informed. That is why the rules other countries have restricting the number of hours of ads that stations can carry make a lot of sense. But we don't have that here because of the first amendment and because tv stations are so greedy for the revenue.

My advice to anyone who complains about campaign ads: Don't watch them. What do you think the clicker is for?

Jack Camwell said...

That's not the point, Joe. The point is that the ads are beyond ridiculous.

Even more the point is that people actually buy into the bullshit of the ads.

Jersey McJones said...

Guys,

I had to go to a meeting the other day where a district manager of a corporation gave a conference on "Obamacare" (as he carefully said "they call it"), and then spent a half hour lying about the ACA, conferring that people should vote against Obama because of it, and referring to the act as "stupid."

The "stupid" and "Obamacare," as loathsomely insipid as they were, were dwarved by the lies upon lies cast upon the ACA. I mean, this guy, if he had a clue what he was talking about, could easily have made some serious points about the ACA, but instead he chose to lie and lie and misrepresent and misinterpret and you name it, ad nausea.

It was pathetic.

But sure enough, those poorly informed regular workers listening to all this were frightened out of their skins, and uniforms.

I spent hours afterwards explaining the law to people who had no idea before. It was sad. And sure, some people were disappointed by what I said, as they were probably not going to benefit from the law as far as they were particularly concerned, but I didn't lie. I simply explained it.

What we need from the Fourth Estate these days is detailed explanations, and less just letting sides take sides.

JMJ

Silverfiddle said...

I agree with Jack.

Even here at the local and state level in the GOP primary, it was all negative ads all the time. I got so disgusted that I tore up my primary ballot.

To hell with all of them!

KP said...

That's how I feel: "what a bunch of jackasses". Unfortunately, new young voters are being turned off by the entire fiasco. I have a 21 and 24 year old and they are turned off by politics. We need them now and in the future.

My generation is really fucking up. I see the same thing with coverage of the Olympics. A bunch of 50-60 year olds must be doing the planning when they tape delay everything for prime time. Unfortunately, those of us who use new media already know everything that happened 8hrs earlier and are furious. My daughter said: "No offense but the lower level execs at NBC must be going crazy watching the old farts screw up the Olympics in this ady and age of new media.

Jersey McJones said...

I see the same thing, KP, among young adults these days about civics. They've thrown up their hands. And it's a shame, because I believe they are a very wise and intelligent generation.

I think it is incumbent on we of the latter generations to speak truth to the young, who are carefully cynical, and not let predilections get in the way. Tell the truth. When they hear it they can make up their own minds about what, if anything, to do about it.

What we have now is a culture that says even speaking of "politics, religion, and sex" is taboo, and we just so happen to be the most fucked up when it comes to our relationships with those very same subjects.

On top of that, and because of it, we ignore the corporatizing of our republic by high-financed blatant lies masquerading as free speech.

JMJ

KP said...

<< it's a shame, because I believe they are a very wise and intelligent generation. >>

Great comments, JMJ. I see the same thing you do. The guys and gals in their twenties and younger are sharp!

Things are changing so fast they already see better and news ways to do things; while some in Congress are barely computer literate.

They are less bigoted and seem a bit more at ease among one another. The thing that has them uneasy is the inkling that their parents and grandparents might have dipped into their opportunity to succeed. I tend to agree with them.