The value of paraphrase imagery

Images supplanting ideas have been around for as long as we can remember. Here's the latest installment, coming from Phil de Vellis, concerning the Clinton-Obama growing rivalry:

This episode is exemplary for the new level of civic thought and action enabled by the internet. As well, it shows what YouTube, of which I wrote here, can be when it will have paid off the $1.7Bn Google bought it for. By the time of this posting, this clip has been viewed 2,075,594 times. Now, that's a novel model.

Before going into civic debates, have a look at the Apple Macintosh 1984 clip and see how little it took Mr. de Vellis to make his mark:

Whereas up until now such things were the domain of the 'pros,' now we have another level of democratization of the medium.


fCh said...

This seems to be part of Mr. de Vellis' "confession":

“I made the the “Vote Different” Ad. Hi. I’m Phil. I did it. And I’m proud of it. I made the “Vote Different” ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process. There are thousands of other people who could have made this ad, and I guarantee that more ads like it–by people of all political persuasions–will follow. This shows that the future of American politics rests in the hands of ordinary citizens.

The campaigns had no idea who made it–not the Obama campaign, not the Clinton campaign, nor any other campaign. I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs.”

Anonymous said...

Excellent blog!

Payback time for Obama:

fma said...

It might, or it might not!
Why I believe that it will might not, sooner than it will might. This is because I don't believe that mr. Obama will manage to succesfully "...reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage..." as wikipedia says...
Alas his wonderfull ideas from the memorable 2004 speech will hopefully reach the majority of us this time...:
[The following is a transcipt of a speech by Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 27, 2004]

" On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place; America which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor he signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA, and moved west in search of opportunity.

And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter, a common dream, born of two continents. My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential. They are both passed away now. Yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride.

I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my precious daughters. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible. Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody's son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- or at least, most of the time....."

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