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Vote for Hope

Other examples of Kinematic Typography [previously] We Can Believe In include the Yes We Can speech, and an example showing that sometimes a clear message of change is difficult to deliver.
posted by clearly (43 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I really don't enjoy this kind of textual presentation. It's good for maybe a brief intro or an accent here and there in a long program, but a solid 4 minute video is kind of patronizing. It's really not necessary to have the message repackaged and rammed into your eyesockets for everything, is it? It seems to be on the same continuum as people who would rather watch commentary than actual events.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:29 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


alternate presentation
posted by b1tr0t at 10:33 PM on October 20, 2008 [11 favorites]


I really liked it.

I had vinyl lust for the 'O' picture-record.
posted by empath at 10:38 PM on October 20, 2008


Is MC Yogi a lesbian?
posted by tumbleweedjack at 10:49 PM on October 20, 2008


He's not listed here, yet.
posted by empath at 10:52 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Large subject range
Is me-fi's boast
Vote for change
Slice off this post
BURMA-SHAVE
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 10:53 PM on October 20, 2008 [3 favorites]


Needs more Gotham.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:01 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


LOLLESBIANS AMIRITE
posted by null terminated at 11:02 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I saw we don't delete this post - just replace the link from the FPP to b1tr01's.

Works amazingly well.
posted by OrangeDrink at 11:05 PM on October 20, 2008


I enjoy the typography, but I think, musically, I prefer this song.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:09 PM on October 20, 2008


Yeah, I agree, it's pretty bad rap. The singing is so-so and the lyrics are insipid. Cocoa Tea sounds nice, tough.
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:20 PM on October 20, 2008


Also, I get a little annoyed by people who proclaim that Obama is some super-piece candidate. Certainly that's the case compared to Bush, Cheney and the neo-cons. But he hasn't given any indication that he'll be some kind of pacifist. He'll be a mainstream American politician, which means lots of wars and militarism. He's promised to escalate in Afghanistan, he promised to strike at targets in Pakistan when Musharraf was still in power there, etc.

The guy's not Dennis Kucinich here. And he'd be nowhere near the whitehouse if he was.

I'm not complaining, obviously I'm realistic about what's possible in American politics, and I do like Obama but I would prefer people be more realistic about what he stands for.

(I realize the video said Obama wouldn't go to war on "false evidence", but I sort of felt like it was implying he was a super-pro piece kind of guy)
posted by delmoi at 11:22 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


This post could use more Impact

I don't mean to be a Jokerman about it, but Wingdings such as the OP here need to follow the Chicago rules of FPPs. I read about the rules in the Times. New Roman brides know about these rules, which dictate a heavy use of Helvetica.
posted by hellojed at 11:24 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Pepsi Obama
posted by mattoxic at 11:25 PM on October 20, 2008


This does not help me persuade my fiancee that rap can be interesting.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:34 PM on October 20, 2008


delmoi: Obama is a super piece of what candidate?
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:46 PM on October 20, 2008


Seconded - b1tr0t's alternate post is way better than the OP. The Obama video linked is just text heavy animation, not even a good example of minimalist kinematic typography.

It's not even funny.
posted by benzenedream at 11:58 PM on October 20, 2008


Holy christ, b1tr0t, that was excellent!

Two thoughts ran through my head while watching it:

1. Who knew that Kim Jong Il was that interested in sex?

and

2. Who knew Kim Jong Il was a fan of Nina Simone?

On topic: I kinda liked the Obama video.
posted by Pope Gustafson I at 12:30 AM on October 21, 2008


I'm moving to North Korea.
posted by maxwelton at 12:32 AM on October 21, 2008


but Wingdings such as the OP

Huh?

b1tr0t's alternate post is way better than the OP

I think you 70k+ newbs need to learn the lingo before you start hating. OP is the person who posted the link. FPP (front page post) is presumably the acronym you're looking for.
posted by Manhasset at 12:36 AM on October 21, 2008




On second thought I guess y'all are using it for Original Post whereas I've only seen it used here as Original Poster. Whatevs. Sorry for the muckup--just tired of seeing all the bitching about FPPs all the time, especially from members who haven't made the effort to make 1 yet. (It's harder than it seems, I think.)
posted by Manhasset at 12:43 AM on October 21, 2008


I think you 70k+ newbs need to learn the lingo before you start hating. OP is the person who posted the link. FPP (front page post) is presumably the acronym you're looking for.

I (the OP) do however concede defeat to b1tr0t's post and will shed the ties of my bourgeois slavery.
posted by clearly at 12:57 AM on October 21, 2008


I C what U did there.
posted by chillmost at 1:09 AM on October 21, 2008


Well, I liked it. Accessible, visually appealing articulations of complex things are a good thing in my book. Your average MeFite is (again) probably not the target audience for this.

Different things inspire people in different ways. As much as we wish everyone would see the world in the same way we do and rely on the same sources of analysis and insight, people don't. If this (rather slickly produced) video motivates one apathetic twenty-something or first-time voter or even pissed off middle-aged rap fan to look into Obama's policy platform in more depth, go to a rally or volunteer, then it's a good thing.

And personally? I really liked it. I thought the recurring 'safe, prosperous and free' sample was ace.
posted by Happy Dave at 1:28 AM on October 21, 2008


It needs less MC Yogi and more regular folk. Like this.
posted by pracowity at 1:50 AM on October 21, 2008


Seconded - b1tr0t's alternate post is way better than the OP.

Typical US propaganda. There's nothing dialectical about cunnilingus. Cunnilingus is just an oppressive tool of the capitalist and imperialist classes, designed solely to get the working class man down on his knees, worshipping at the altar of his own subjugation.

69 is obviously dialectical. You've got your thesis, antithesis, and your mutually orgasmic synthesis. 69 is a revolutionary act. Felching is also revolutionary, provided it's the bourgousie tongue felching the proletariat anus. But cunnilingus is false consciousness made concrete.

As of tomorrow, party officials will be doing spot checks on the bedrooms of all party members. Any member of the party found guilty of licking the imperialist running-dog vagina will be immediately arrested and dispatched to our re-education centres for an extended programme of self-criticism and instruction in sucking the cocks of party officials.

You have been warned.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:15 AM on October 21, 2008 [4 favorites]


In North Korea, sexual equality is sexy.
posted by jnaps at 3:21 AM on October 21, 2008


I hear they've resorted to eating people in North Korea.
posted by pracowity at 4:13 AM on October 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


every time I hear that yes we can speech it makes me cry. I don't care that Obama isn't the hard leftist I would like him to be, he is opening the doors of politics to a dozen marginalised ideas just by standing and by invoking the social change movement. His presidency will be about us and our movement whether he likes it or not.
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:31 AM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


by all means (necessary)
posted by kliuless at 4:43 AM on October 21, 2008


In Soviet Union, pussy eats you.
posted by kcds at 5:49 AM on October 21, 2008


In Soviet Union, pussy eats you.

Auntie Em! I had the craziest dream! I was on Metafilter, but it was really Slashdot! And you were there...and so were you!
posted by sixswitch at 6:31 AM on October 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


The only problem withe replacing the FPP link with mine is that it would turn this into a double.
posted by b1tr0t at 6:34 AM on October 21, 2008


That was positively scary.
posted by MarshallPoe at 7:01 AM on October 21, 2008


Saxon Kane: delmoi: Obama is a super piece of what candidate?

I really can't say in polite company. All I know is that I want a piece.
posted by nosila at 7:39 AM on October 21, 2008



Needs more Gotham.


No. No. No. NO

Ever since the Obama Campaigned picked Gotham or it's tweaked version, every single new business, flyer, sign, ad, or piece of copy has had Gotham (or usually it's free equivalent, Market Deco) on it. Every. Single. One.

You people don't seem to understand that Gotham/Market Deco is my font of choice. Mine. And I don't like it being used all over town like some drunk hussy.
posted by The Whelk at 8:41 AM on October 21, 2008


Yeah, the guy's flow is pretty meh, but the video is quite well done for what it is.

I love the sample of Obama saying "a brighter day will come". There was this certain strain of (mostly British?) hip-hop / trip-hop / acid-jazz / beathead music in the 90s that was mellow, inclusive, literate, and generally "conscious", and they were always sampling idealistic turns of phrase from old speeches by black leaders. It's startling to hear Obama in that context—it totally works.
posted by greenie2600 at 10:45 AM on October 21, 2008


eminem: "i'll vote for barack!" :P
posted by kliuless at 1:24 PM on October 21, 2008


The only problem withe replacing the FPP link with mine is that it would turn this into a double.

Or triple, from 6 years ago. (quadruple?)
posted by mrgrimm at 4:17 PM on October 21, 2008


Spelling Change
posted by inconsequentialist at 5:20 PM on October 21, 2008


Woah guys, check out everything Obama will accomplish in his first two days! I'm impressed.
posted by delmoi at 7:06 PM on October 21, 2008


Songs for Obama
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:56 PM on October 24, 2008


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