Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bad Viral

After using digital video successfully in her Sopranos parody, it's difficult to watch some of the current online videos coming out of Hillary Clinton's campaign. This short mockumentary rockumentary is a pretty regrettable example of pandering to young people to counter Obama's appeal to college students. "Hillary and the Band" is currently featured on her YouTube channel, although Clinton doesn't appear in the film, other than in the static form of some Photoshopped stills.

On her channel, there are also clearly infringing, badly cut celebrity endorsements from news broadcasts, such as this one from Cher, and cheesy music videos with cringe-worthy tunes.

(Link via Andy Sternberg, who also passed on the amazing YesWeCanHas, a website that combines lolcats with Obama politicking. Given that confluence of topics, I can't help but suspect that Alice Robison has already visited the site.)

Update: When it comes to viral political fun, several readers have wisely recommended Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle. As a clickable hypertext, it is definitely worth a visit.

In light of having recently read Geert Lovink's Zero Comments, I thought all the references to self-indulgent ecstasies from reciprocity in social media practices were particularly funny: "Barack Obama Left a Comment on Your Blog," "Barack Obama Favorited Your Photo," "Barack Obama Followed You on Twitter," "Barack Obama Set Your Voice as His Ringtone," "Barack Obama Listened to Your MP3," "Barack Obama made you a Mixtape," "Barack Obama Subscribed to Your Feed," "Barack Obama Spent the Afternoon Setting up Your Router," etc.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked this out -- I think it's a couple days old... but quite funny: parody of "Yes We Can" video -- "No We Can't" in which McCain sings Barbara Ann and the words "Bomb, Bomb, Iran" pop on the screen.

AND -- the other Obamaganda Web site that has totally made my day.

Umm... don't work too hard today ;-)

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops -- now I see you already beat me to posting the McCain parody earlier this week. Nice one!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Alist said...

Oh noes! I hadn't seen it. But I was just introduced to this lovely gem:

12:09 PM  
Blogger Alist said...

Oops. Andy beat me to it. S

12:10 PM  

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