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Mota Boy
10-22-2004, 07:45 AM
Pretty fucking funny clip of Republican "scare tactics" (http://home.earthlink.net/~houval/gopconstrm.mov)

I find this shit amusing and terribly interesting. It seems that each new round of technology is giving ordinary citizens more and more of a voice in the political process. Even as new rounds of campaign finance laws limit the ability of citizens and groups to develop television ads for specific candidates, people create documentaries or put together their own online advertising.

The brilliant part about online clips is that they require no advertising - if they're good enough, you'll pass them on to ten friends, a couple of whom will forward it to a few more. Anyone with a passionate hatred of a candidate (it's been extremely rare that I've seen a pro-candidate online ad/piece), some expensive though abundant electronic gadgets and a little bit of free time can get their voice out, rallying one candidate's base and even possibly chipping away at the others'.

Of course, the downside is that the increasingly fragmented source of propaganda has nothing to hold it accountable, except for itself. The only thing that can discredit something like this would be another website. What happens, though, when the fact-checker is partisan? We get something like the foolish shit that happened after Fahrenheit 9/11, when one site came out with 59 "deceits (http://www.davekopel.com/Terror/Fiftysix-Deceits-in-Fahrenheit-911.htm)" in the movie and was quickly "debunked (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/7/18/173312/462)".

I find the debunking more accurate than the deceits, but that conveniently fits my partisan viewpoint. The closest thing I can think of is www.snopes.com, which does an excellent job of being a reliable source for the occasional rumor, but doesn't do anything for the slew of videos, photoshopped images and lists that flood the internet like the CIA flooded the ghettos with drugs '60s. It seems that, at least for the moment, we're just relying on our own trusted factchecking sites and citizens, many of whom we trust because they agree with us more than because of their impartial reporting. It's a crazy, polarizing world wide web out there.