Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dance Dance Voter Revolution

Dancing is so important in the visual rhetoric of much of the Internet ephemera circulating in this election, from McCain dancing machinima to flash-based dancing Hillary displays, that there are also a number of YouTube videos in which greenscreen technologies and software such as After Effects can combine the bodies of virtuoso dance performances with the faces from stump politicking. There are also Michael Jackson style performances and Dancing with the Stars parodies in this genre. Good dancing is so admired in our culture and yet so rarely attained that it may serve as a suitable for the participation gap in American politics in which so many voters are consigned to be spectators and judges.

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