Monday, October 08, 2007

After These Messages

Virtualpolitik pal Jenny Cool points out the existence of an amazing archive of television commercials of presidential candidates from 1952 to 2004. The Living Room Candidate
takes us from the optimism of the "I Like Ike" era and its jaunty jingles and newsreel footage of World War Two to the orchestral narrative of betrayal during wartime in the Swift Boat spots in which the Indochinese field of combat is represented by backgrounds of black-and-white stills.
This website also includes a terrific index on "Issues" that documents many of the political appeals from the civil rights era.

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