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Who can get More Dirt on Who?

This year in government we have studied election and how people campaign.  Campaign videos have become a big thing that can help a candidate gain votes.  Earlier this year we did an activity where we had to watch campaign videos and identify the tone, argument, and emotional appeal.  Through watching these videos I realized that videos can have a big impact on a campaign and how the voter feels.  These videos added insight to how a video can greatly affect a voter.  For example the “Prouder, Stronger, Better” add by Ronald Reagan was a great video because it made you feel like he made America great and after that video I found myself thinking I would have voted for him if i was alive then. The video below shows what a great campaign video looks like and why great videos can change thoughts about someone.    Image

After studying these videos I realized that they have a great impact on what people think about that person as a candidate.  While the video above is a great video and shows so many reasons why Ronald Reagan would be a great president not all videos today follow that path.  Today the elections and campaigning is all about who can dig up more dirt on who and make the other candidate look bad to the public. It has almost become something of which people want to make there appearance better to the public than their opposition.  The fact is that politics has become dirty and been made into something that it wasn’t in the past. Image When one starts to run for office it is almost as if he must know that sometime during his campaign his opposition will or will try to bring out something dirt about him and try to hurt his campaign.

An example that has just come out recently is how President Obama released a six minute video on the internet talking about all the bad things the Mitt Romney has done in his business days.  There is also a shorter television version of the video that will be showed in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, and Colorado all of which are considered swing states.  Image  This video was released to try to sway votes toward Obama by making Romney look bad in the process.  In this video it is talked about how Romney costed many people their jobs for his own personal gain but what they leave out it Mitt Romney’s side of the story.  Mitt Romney states that he was not in charge of this because he was in charge of the Olympic Committee.  This video is a clear stab at Mitt Romney trying to gain more votes for Obama.  This is a dirt way to gain votes and in my opinion does not reflect well upon Obama.

This video is discussed in an article in USA Today where they talked about how it was a dirty video from Obama.  While I agree that this video is very dirty and wasn’t needed I will say that I know that both sides in campaigns play dirty.  Mitt Romney is probably guilty of some dirty advertising as well but in my opinion I think that both sides should cut it out.  No one likes people who play dirty and so I personally think that people should play fair and cut out all of this “Dirty play”.  What we need is everyone to go back to to advertising like Ronald Reagan.  His video “Prouder, Stronger, Better” was a great example of how to campaign and people need to model after that from now on.

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