What do you think about the "I've Got A Crush on Obama" video?
The Obama Girl video is very well produced and is a lot of fun. Not to mention the song is very catchy. I love how they found a crew and the model through Craig's List and did it in 2 hours. You gotta love their DIY 2.0 spirit.
Do you think it's funny?
I laughed when I watched it. Usually in political parody, it is the candidate being made fun of. In this case, the candidate is incidental. The real targets are this ditzy fan and sappy top 40 songs. It is mostly just good light-hearted fun. It is a bit risque, but you have to be a little outrageous to get any attention on the Internet.Do you think it helps or hurts Obama?
It definitely doesn't hurt him. The only take away from this video is that Obama is an attractive candidate. What's so bad about that? It probably builds some buzz about his candidacy. Internet viewers are like most Americans. They don't follow politics. You've got this relatively small group that does, but most people don't pay attention until the very end. This video exposes a much wider segment of internet users to Obama's candidacy, which can only be a good thing for him.
Do you think stuff like this has an impact with voters? Gets people more engaged?
Yeah, I think it shows that politics can be fun and lead to acts of unexpected creativity. I think a great example is the rapper 'The Real Jin', who made a song in support of Obama and eventually did some canvassing for Barack. Campaigns can be a lot of fun, but ultimately the fun must be converted to action on the ground that delivers votes on election day.
Is this a bump for Obama, seen lately as flatlining in the polls? Or is this the worst possible publicity?
It is way too early to take any polls seriously, which makes it impossible to have a real sense of where the momentum is going. The campaign shouldn't be overly excited or concerned about this. But regular citizens should be thrilled. Now everyone has a chance to express themselves for free on YouTube and even get national attention if their work is good enough.
Do you think there will be imitators?
Certainly. This is just the beginning. Americans are so frustrated with the political process right now that they are dying to have their voices heard. You're gonna see a lot of this stuff.
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