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October 2, 2008
Change we can propagandize for
The music video of children, most seemingly no older than 10 - and in an ACORNless world way too young to vote - wearing identical outfits as they joyously sing what a great country this will be under the change an Obama reign will bring, evokes memories of similar images of children under the Stalinist, Mao and even Castro regimes parroting propaganda they didn't understand.
Although this was not a government mandated production, it most certainly was not an amateur neighborhood grassroots effort either no matter what the cozy public relations website gurgles.
As Sunday approached, a neighbor volunteered a home. Production wizards got wind of the project and offered their help in recordingit. The likes of Jeff Zucker, Holly Schiffer, Peter Rosenfeld, Darin Moran, Jean Martin, Andy Blumenthal, and Nick Phoenix rearranged schedules to participate. Holly Schiffer was able to get three High Definition cameras (Panasonic HVX250’s), and an AVID editing facility. When Jeff Zucker went to pick up the camera package, Ted Schilowitz happened to be there and offered a RED camera set up on a SteadiCam.
What we accomplished in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon embodies the nature of the Obama campaign: its grassroots inspiration, its inclusiveness, its community building.
You see, the grassroots neighborhood is the Hollywood entertainment industry, the community builders include such average Joes as the head of NBC (Zucker), an accomplished cinematographer (Rosenfeld) and others in the industry while the inclusiveness consists of professionals in many areas of this industry.
And that "embodies the nature of the Obama campaign"--the willingness to distort, to use children for propaganda purposes and the complacent attitude that they are oh so typical America. No clinging to religion or guns with these folks.