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Internet Dorks Hating On Hillary March 19, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.

Hillary podium


FITSNews – March 19, 2007 – U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is the target of an Internet-based attack ad spoofing Apple Computers’ famous “1984” TV commercial. The spot portrays Hillary as the stale, oppressive computer giant IBM and Barack Obama (whose campaign insists it has nothing to do with the ad) as the hip new Macintosh PC. Quoting from the San Francisco Chronicle story about the ad:

Analysts have called the video representative of the multiplying power and democracy of the Internet, and a harbinger of a brave new era of unauthorized “viral” political ads made by individuals working independently of campaigns and consultants.

Yeah. Because everybody knows anonymous dorks spoofing ’80s TV commercials in an effort to compare political candidates to computer companies is the wave of the future. Just like the new Mitt Romney attack ads currently being filmed with Sic Willie‘s stuffed animal collection are also the wave of the future. Of course, production on those spots has been a nightmare lately because “Doggy Daddies” won’t stop humping “Allie the Alleygator” between takes. Stop that Doggy Daddies! This is serious business!



1. Ben - March 20, 2007

I am deeply suspicious of this ad.

The soundbites seem to be completely wrong for the ad. I realize there is a certain irony in the original, which juxtaposes “we shall prevail” with the throwing of the hammer. But in the original, the voice has an obviously evil quality to it. These soundbites are Hillary’s explicit attempt to come across as a regular person, having a “conversation” with each of us individually, whereas the original ad speaks of “one people, one will, one resolve, one cause,” and “a garden of pure ideology where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests of any contradictory thoughts.” Meanwhile, the Hillary soundbite says “I don’t want people who agree with me.” Also, the image of big brother is dark, and blends in with the dark wall in the original commercial, while the imagine of Clinton is bright white, an aberration in the monolithic room

If I had to guess at the source of this video, I would bet it came from the Clinton campaign. Imagine seeing it without any knowledge of the original. Most people probably don’t remember the original all that well. Here is an alternative interpretation of the Clinton video: Clinton is trying to awaken people who have become used to politics as a competitive sport, or partisan war, rather than a discussion, an exchange of ideas, about how to make everyone better off. Hillary says that it’s “really good” that “so far, we haven’t stopped talking.” However, some evil forces don’t want you to keep talking. Right before the hammer is thrown, the text on the screen over Hillary reads, “this is our conversation.” The next time we see the screen, a smiling Hillary again says she “hopes to keep this conversation going,” just before the sledge hammer smashes into the screen. In the original ad, following the initial explosion as the sledgehammer crashes into the screen, we hear a light, cool breeze, suggesting freedom. This sound appears to have been slowed down in the Clinton video, lowering the pitch and suggesting the cold wind of emptiness and despair. By this point we are really wondering who would be so evil as to want to end “our conversation.” We then see a bright white screen which says, “On January 14th, the Democratic primary will begin. And you’ll see why 2008 won’t be like ‘1984.’” Note that 1984 has a significance in presidential politics quite apart from Orwell’s book. 1984 was the year Walter Mondale, running as an unabashed liberal, lost every state in the nation except Minnesota. The white screen, associated with Clinton, promises a different outcome in 2008, until it is covered over by a pitch black screen bearing Barack Obama’s web address. It must be he who wishes to end the conversation.

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