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Campaign Vigilantes Go Viral

Posted on Mar 21, 2007
Hillary 1984

Someone apparently unrelated to the Barack Obama campaign created a parody of Ridley Scott’s classic “1984” Apple commercial, with Hillary Clinton in the role of Big Brother. In true Youtube fashion, it was quickly followed with a video response with Obama as the bad guy.

Update: Original video creator’s identity exposed!


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Watch the pro-Hillary response:


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By Truth Be Told, March 23, 2007 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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H. Clinton just can’t seem to make up her mind…

    H. Clinton said in an interview that there were “remaining vital national security interests in Iraq” that would reqiure a continuing deployment of American troops.

    The United States’ security would be undermined if parts of Iraq turned into a failed state “that serves as a petri dish for insurgents and Al Qaeda,” she said. “It is right in the heart of the oil region. It is directly in opposition to our interests, to the interests of regimes, to Israel’s interests.”

    What an amazing change of, dare I say…heart?

    H. Clinton declined to estimate how many American troops she would keep in Iraq. She doesn’t even have a plan, I guess we are supposed to trust her to figure it out after she’s elected.

    H. Clinton also said the scaled down American military force would be off the streets in Bagdad-no longer trying to protect Iraqis from sectarian violence-EVEN if it descended into ETHNIC CLEANSING! This is an about-face from her position on Kosovo.

    With Mogadishu in mind (Black Hawk Down), God help our remaining troops if H. Clinton is Commander on Chief.

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By Expat, March 23, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Hillary dillary dock,
Spinning round the clock,
If the clock strikes 9 she’ll be fine,
But if the clock strikes 8 she’ll be late,
Ho, ho, the status quo,
Enough of the political Ho,
Sell your bod to another squad,
We need another one out of the blue,
Someone not tried but true,
Our Republic must survive,
And that ain’t no jive,
The U.S. of A. is in a dive,
We must survive, we must survive…..
It is in fact our very lives…..

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By mite, March 22, 2007 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment
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‘The Crimes of Mena’ by Sally Denton and Roger Morris a suppressed Article about ‘Drugs’ ‘CIA’ Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and the great state of Arkansas. Good reading before we vote for another crook.

‘America’s Secret Establishment’ by Antony C. Sutton supports this investigative subject of politics, money, and power.

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By Eduardo Gonzalez, March 22, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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8419 AD
Louis Althusser said it “The Future Last Foverer”

This country still has plenty of time to fix its electoral system.

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By mutterhals, March 22, 2007 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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Orwell is spinning in his grave.

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By Attlee, March 21, 2007 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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Poisonally, I vote dat Hillary,
one of our NY senators,
the she,
should be
the first woman on Mars!

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By ander, March 21, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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Watch John Edwards miraculously come from behind to win the democratic nomination.

He received a standing ovation at the 2004 bilderberger meeting.

kingmakers are usually successful. Look at another southerner - Carter.

history might not repeat but it does rhyme.

time for another “B Team” doughboy.


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By Christopher Robin, March 21, 2007 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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The Hillary one is the best political ad I’ve seen in years. The response needs more work ie sound echo, black & white video etc.

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By vet240, March 21, 2007 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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It’s obvious to me that the person or persons responsible for the 1984 takes is a Republican.

The irony is that their 2000 and 2004 Candidate Bu$h fits the part much more appropriately.

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By TheEnd, March 21, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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I think they both make Obama look good and it pretty much comes down to production value.  The response video looks and sounds crappy compared to the first, which, comparatively, was done well.  Let me unpack that.

Whomever put together the first video did a far better job of keying in (superimposing) the Hillary head to the old commercial than did the responders and their job with the glossy new Obama footage.  Let’s not even talk about color correction.  Next, the sound design in the first video was much more effective with its tasteful use of reverb and some EQ for that lo-fi, propaganda broadcast, sound… wait, let me back up.  The first video actually has sound design!
All the original sound from the Apple commercial was wiped and new FX, like footsteps, re-inserted along with music, and mixed.  I could go on with this but just watch the original Apple commercial, then the new one, and you’ll see how the film makers were clever in their re-creation, and their responders less so.

I just have to mention the punch line of the respondent video, too.  The whole thing makes Obama look like an inspiring figure speaking to a society beleaguered by militarism and despair, just to have that same military and some crazy 80’s jogger chick come in and oppress the people further through smashing the hopeful televised address.  Then the dorky moment… OK, Obama does seem a little dorky when he says the thing about the Bears, but who gives a damn.  I think you all act dorky about your respective sports teams, if not worse; either way, it’s not a good argument against a man’s political abilities.

There was another A/V both posting this reminds me of.  Remember the one about Fox News creating an alternative parody of The Daily Show?  Most people thought it was crap, and it was for the same reasons this is crap.  The idea was already done and done well.  The only way to fight an idea is with other ideas, and not cheap and poorly done parodies.  Obama is correct to distance himself from this, however.  His reputation is one of not swimming in the mud with politico types and trying to maintain a modicum of integrity. - TheEnd

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By Stephen Smoliar, March 21, 2007 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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The timing could not have been better.  I just finished reading Lipsyte’s “March Madness” piece over at the Web site for THE NATION.  This inspired me to write a blog entry about the close family resemblance between political writing and sports writing, concluding that both are now more interested in the marketing of the content than they are in the content itself.  I could not have asked for a better case in point!  All are invited to read my musings at:

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By Dr Zaius, March 21, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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If Hillary’s going to get a leg up, she’ll need to get some supporters with better “viral video” skills.

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By anonymous, March 21, 2007 at 7:27 am Link to this comment
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Barack is pitching a shutout.

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