A recent article written by Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times reveals a number of election ads in the current American Presidential race to be misleading. It is becoming an apparent tall tale campaign (by both Democrats and Republicans) leading most of the public to believe these phony facts. According to the one of the aides of a presidential candidate on these ads, "There's only so much you can do in a 30-second ad"...obviously a brainless reason. The question is, where is the democracy in this?
"Even people who don't think there is much information in these ads and say they don't learn anything from them tell us they believe factoids they could only have gotten from these ads, and they're wrong," said Brooks Jackson, director of Factcheck.org, an Annenberg Public Policy Center Web site that vets political advertisements for accuracy. "It's beyond subliminal — it's something else I haven't come up with a name for."
To read more, click this link: Campaign Ads Are Under Fire for Inaccuracy
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While we are on the subject, did y'all see adages article CONSUMERS LARGELY UNMOVED BY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ADS?
gosh, the "I am Kerry/Bush and I approved this message"-thing isn't clear enough or what?
remember - people are idiots.
This only makes the Neil Postman one-liner come to my mind:
"Cosmetology has replaced ideology." (from "Amusing Ourselves To Death" 1985)
On the other hand, as a Swede living in a country with rather strict rules of political campaigns (and monarchy), I can feel that the uprising against the Kerry/Bush campaigns is unlogical since the whole system of American politics is a system of political consumerism. So what if campaigns are inaccurate in the facts they state - it's not "who's right" who will win rather "who's the best deceiever of the nation".