Presidential Campaign 2008: Television Ads


UPCOMING FORUM


THE "ART" OF THE CAMPAIGN AD: VISUALIZING RACE, GENDER AND DIFFERENCE IN THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

An interdisciplinary roundtable

Rose Art Museum. Lee Gallery
Brandeis University
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Join Brandeis faculty for an interdisciplinary conversation about the "political aesthetics" of the 2008 Presidential campaign. What surface and implicit messages about race and difference are broadcast in campaign television advertisements, Saturday Night Live appearances, robocalls, and associated images? To what extent is the campaign being waged on the terrain of the unconscious? We will screen representative clips and engage in a free-wheeling conversation about the relationship between art and politics in our present moment.

Panelists include:

Jill Greenlee (Politics)
Ibrahim Sundiata (African and Afro-American Studies)
Mark Auslander (Anthropology)

Co-sponsored by the Rose Art Museum and the M.A. Program in Cultural Production






Let's use this space to reflect thoughtfully on the semiotic and cultural dimensions of television ads created for the 2008 Presidential race. We ask contributors to refrain from excessive partisan political commentary and to concentrate on "unpacking" the manifest and latent contents of the ads, as well as the meta-discourses generated by and around the ads and their associated media cycles. We will also discuss non-mainstream, internet based video works, including parodies of mainstream campaign ads.

Please post links to interesting ads as you come across them, in reverse chronological order (most recent ads first).

For clarity's sake, let us post in two different sections: (A) mainstream, normative ads produced by the actual campaigns or party committees, and (B) the insurgent or parodic works produced outside of the official campaigns themselves. (Admittedly, the line between these is sometimes difficult to determine!)

Note: There are many on line compilations of campaign ads from this year and previous campaigns, including:

http://pcl.stanford.edu/campaigns/2008/index.html

http:/http://www.4president.tv/www.4president.tv

Let's post commentary in the Discussion area, by clicking on the "discussion" tab above.



Links to (Mainstream) 2008 Campaign Ads


*See Obama campaign ads at:
http://origin.barackobama.com/tv/advertisements/

*See McCain campaign ads at:
http://www.johnmccain.com/tvads/

McCain "Storm" ad (RNC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A46f0Hav3sM

McCain/Britney Spears ad
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=848322d6-92fe-403e-9cc7-85b6b3ee4011

http://www.clipser.com/watch_video/543818

McCain "Acorn" ad (10/18/08) "ACORN forced banks to issue risky loans"
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=4c34dbc7-d1a9-48a0-994f-18fc59cbb81a

McCain "Sweat Equity" (Joe the Plumber) 10.22.08
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=c349c885-f652-4d1a-afd8-9ecd1d376313

McCain. Web Ad: Ayers 10.09;08
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=9a48c156-ad6a-40bd-9381-98ddf66ec77a

McCain: Chicago Machine ad 9.26/08
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=81c27de1-7ed2-42f7-b561-b150c9c7bd0a

McCain: Disrespectful (defending Palin)
http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Multimedia/Player.aspx?guid=b53e3aab-961d-4796-98af-39646c5c59d2


Barack Obama, "Country I Love" (June 22)
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1185304443?bctid=1616690759

John McCain (Supporters, denounced by the McCain campaign) North Carolina GOP anti-Obama ad. April 2008.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2008/04/sen_mccain_tells_nc_gop_to_dum_1.html

Hillary Clinton. "Bitter" ad, Pennsylvania. April 13 (?) 2008
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/04/14/clinton_releases_tough_new_ant.html

Barack Obama. Response to the Clinton "3 am." ad. February 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvyF351RS8&feature=related

Hillary Clinton, "3 am" ad. February 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-VFA7L2RcE&feature=related

Barack Obama. Superbowl ad. early Febuary(?) 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvyF351RS8&feature=related

Obama, Iowa Ad. January 2008?
http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/iamomentad





Links to Parodic Campaign Ads and "insurgent" video works


Obama, Yes We Can Music Video (Jan 08?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY


SNL Halloween Party 2007 (Obama's appearance)
http://www.broadcaster.com/clip/30543

For examples of some of the more vitriolic anti-Obama internet-based ads, see:
http://exposeobama.com/ads.html
Note: This website is discussed in a front page New York Times story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/21/us/politics/21ads.html?ref=politics

"Why I'm voting Republican" (June 2008?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQJ9Xp0xxU&eurl=http://imvotingrepublican.com/

Rightwing Attacks

Sean Hannity's (Fox)

Barack Hussein Obama and Friends - A History of Radicalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKSq2oJ0W1c&feature=related