Today's Drudge Report front page describes the recent remix of the old Apple "1984" ad, this one with Hillary Clinton droning on before a gray, robot-like audience, 'till suddenly a blond athelete in colorful running shorts shatters the screen. Black fades to the rainbow Apple re-fashioned as an "O", and www.BarakObama.com. It's a pretty cool re-mix (wwwww.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3G-lMZxjo) especially for those of us who remember the original during the 1984 Super Bowl. And the buzz about the ad amuses and intrigues me -- all this chatter about radical changes in the game of politics, that now all we need to define our issues publically is some good software and a laptop. Moves grassroots politics in a zillion new, unknown directions. (This is a good straight article about it, linked in Drudge.)
Things like this shake up my brain, though, as if multiple domino games are being played simultaneously. Intellectually I love full, fuller, fullest participation. I prefer many voices, many opinions, many issues in the fray. But I admit I wish everyone followed my rules of engagement -- to get facts straight and to form opinions based on the broadest array of perspective as one person can possibly muster. I can't tolerate people who don't bother to learn squat about their topic or those who take their own personal experiences & beliefs and claim it's "everyone's. 'Cause usually your opinion ain't mine. Traditionally those who controlled information controlled everything else -- and it's still wildly true in traditional media. But now that technically anyone can play -- almost everyone can get themselves out there somehow, can share & get information -- there's also a new game. And I love games where you can make up the rules as you go along. Which is pretty much the point of the ad, regardless which presidential candidates it features.