Saturday, March 12, 2005

How the other half lives

Babble on.

Maybe my online experience is just too cloistered, but this actually shocked me (via Dean in the comments at POGGE's place).

I understand it's just a just a cartoon, and that it's meant to be over-the-top. Politics is a rough game, the best comedy is always edgy, yadayada. I get it. But am I the only one who thinks it's a little OVER-over-the-top? Like stalking Jodie Foster over-the-top?

Stephen Harper is just a guy trying to do what he thinks is right for the country, as is Paul Martin, as is Jack Layton. They disagree about the best way to make our nation a better place, but none of them is trying to destroy it. I find it creepy that people are comfortable making this sort of a demonizing - literally demonizing - message about a political opponent in Canada.

Babble off.

13 Comments:

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Gordon Pasha said...

Damian, get used to it. There will be lots more of that, and perhaps worse, whenever the next election comes around. Aircraft carriers? Can't they come up with a new lie once in a while?

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

It sadly seems like par for the course. Scare tactics in place of viable arguments.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Snowy said...

As the old saying goes, conservatives think liberals are wrong; liberals think conservatives are evil.

Look at what they did to Bush. But Bush endured the bashing with grace and look who's laughing now.

I only hope that Harper has the fortitude not to let it get him down. Being a conservative leader and being the brunt of lefty venom is a far from easy task.

I think Bush's religious faith must have helped him a lot with facing the hatred; I hope Harper has a similar well of sustenance to draw from.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Tamara said...

Hmm, not only is it insulting, it's unoriginal. It's a "parody" of Harpermanm, which I first saw during the election last year:

http://www.harperman.com/harperman.html

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger The Tiger said...

Call me the odd man out here, but I wasn't too offended when I first saw it. It came out during the campaign, too, and it was a direct reply to and parody of Harperman.

Just people having fun with flash, sez I.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Ghost of a flea said...

What I find quaint:

a) the delusion of relevance in believing anybody cancelled Kyoto on the basis of anything our dithering government might or might not have done, and;

b) that anybody imagines any possible Canadian government would actually equip our armed forces with aircraft carriers.

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger pogge said...

I hadn't followed that link until now. And I didn't stay to watch the whole thing.

I'm tempted to suggest that someone has too much time on his hands but I guess if whoever made it had fun doing it, it's his time and his hands.

I do understand what flea is saying. As if Canada had enough influence to scuttle Kyoto.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger VW said...

I wasn't all that offended either -- particularly when I saw the end. Dated June 28, 2004.

Obviously the poster was politically naive, and a basic user of Flash. (I know for a fact that I can produce something more moveable. It's also what I call abandoned animation, since there's no permanent weblink reference on the hosting page.

Apart from a nice sense of music, it's a so-so bit. Nothing really worth venting about.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I have three words to describe this: childish, pointless and drivel.

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Jay said...

Somebody went a little overboard with the paranoia pills.

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Just goes to show how much of an education gap the Liberals have created in Nannada (*). We've all got to do our part to set the truth free, and let the electorate make an informed choice.

There are a growing number of sites which offer a broader perspective on political affiliation than the traditional "left vs. right" demarcation which Canadians have been taught. By understanding where each of us fit in, we can better explain our positions to others.

One such diagram, incorporating Capitalists, Libertarians, Anarchists, Totalitarians, Socialists, Fascists, Democrats, Republicans, and Centerists (obviously, designed for Americans, bot interesting to all) can be found at the end of the politcs test at http://www.okcupid.com/politics (although antispyware software apparently doesn't like the way they use cookies).

(*) Nannada - the Nanny Nation of Canada

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger James Bow said...

Well, that's five minutes of my life I won't be getting back.

Damian, I wouldn't worry too much about this cartoon. For one thing, it _is_ way over the top. It's such an obvious polemic that few, if any, people are going to take it seriously.

For another thing, this cartoon was supposedly composed for the June 28th election. That was nine months ago. If none of us in the blogosphere had _heard_ of this ad previously, that means most people had been doing a pretty good of not taking it seriously.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

James, you're right, and I'm not taking it too seriously in the grand scheme of things. Millions of Canadians thought Harper was the best choice to lead our government last summer.

But I still find this nutty fringe disappointing, and somewhat spooky. I've never seen anything like it.

 

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