Some Propaganda Is Better Than Others

From CatholicVote.com:

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John Farrell said…
Yes...but I find this one tediously long, given the pace and the insistence on the same interval between captions. This could have been executed with a lot more punch.
Scott Carson said…
John

That's interesting--I actually thought the slow pace helped to keep it from seeming shrill and too single-topicy. What kind of punch did you have in mind?
John Farrell said…
(I accidentally replied the first time as email--rather than post.)

I always prefer live action. I like what they did, PhotoHhopping the stills so that they seemed dynamic in the opening stages, but that just underscored for me how much more this would benefit from live footage.
Scott Carson said…
I see your point. Have you had a look at what Mike Liccione had to say about it, as contrasted with Silverman's pro-Obama piece? It's interesting:

http://mliccione.blogspot.com/2008/10/two-propaganda-videos.html
John Farrell said…
Yes--I think Mike's point is well taken. (I can't bring myself to watch campaign commercials these days--they're so cynical.)
Ryan O'Laughlin said…
When I put this up on my site I almost added sound to it although ultimately I think that no sound helped to encapsulate the message of our silence in regards to some problems. aka how some people stand on the sidelines and do nothing

Do you agree?
Scott Carson said…
Do you mean sound other than the music? Someone reading the captions or something?

I rather like it the way it is. I think you're right that too many people "stand on the sidelines", and if there were a narrator it would be just one more way for us to sit back and let somebody else do the work. If you have to pay attention and read the titles for yourself, you're going to be more involved in the message, even if only a little bit.

The trick is getting people to get even more involved than just reading titles: how do we get them to wake up and realize how important these issues are--realize that these are not just matters of personal choice, but matters of life and death? That's a tougher one to motivate with an ad.
John Farrell said…
The trick is getting people to get even more involved than just reading titles: how do we get them to wake up and realize how important these issues are...

Someone with a DVCam on his shoulder needs to find those babies that survived their own 'terminations' and show them to us.

And then find the women who live with the regret now that they listened to their boyfriends when they were pressured to abort.

And then find the haunted clinicians who can't bring themselves to do it anymore and show them to us. Then find the ones who still do.

All bearing in mind Flannery O'Connor's dictum that when you're talking to deaf people, sometimes you have to shout.

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