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  • Sacha, in reply to Jolisa,

    But now I'm dreaming of a third-degree mash-up...

    yes please

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Sacha,

    But Key said he knew the questions they were going to ask him.

    Why does he not have snappy answers for them, then? Such loooooooong-winded replies... eye-glazingly boring stuff.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1432 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Sacha,

    Hope someone clever enough to make one is reading this thread!

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1432 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    I can’t wait to see how crazy Act’s campaign address is
    Brash transmitting from a bunker in the Hindu Kush having gone Gault? And misunderstanding the subsequent cheering?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Gnnnaaarrr this crazy editing is making me grumpy. The cheery segue from the youth benefit stuff to the "hey vote for me" wrap-up is just bizarre.

    Obviously that was done by someone's nephew, too.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1432 posts Report Reply

  • Dinah Dunavan,

    I came in part way through the Key question time on National Radio and it took three or more questions for me to realise that it was a party political broadcast and not a genuine meeting. I think the (and I am paraphrasing) "I'm a hard working tax payer and I want to know how National is going to screw those dole bludging young people" question was the light bulb moment for me.

    Ah! Not just patsy questions but a fake forum.

    What was truly amazing was that given such an easy question, Key failed completely to answer it.

    Dunedin • Since Jun 2008 • 172 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Political discussions, or shouting as we used to call it, were a large part of my growing up. Maybe that's why I shy away from them these days?

    Me too. The late '80s were especially fraught as my parents diverged in politics, Mum being faithful to a fault to Labour, whereas Dad is a swing voter. He was very angry at Labour and particularly Goff during that time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8737 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    I have to say that although the messages on Labour's billboards is very clear and to-the-point, the red background, faux-stencil typeface and ALL CAPS combine to make them look a little... how do I put this... hammer-and-sickle?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Vernon Small writes:

    Prime Minister John Key has defended his party's campaign opening video, broadcast last night, which featured him speaking at a mocked-up community meeting and answering questions from the floor.

    The soundtrack had a persistent hiss, like a slightly faulty town hall microphone. Applause greeted all Key's answers.

    Overall the production seemed to be aiming for a "reality" look

    It was in marked contrast with Labour's slick documentary-style advertisement recounting the party's history and attacking National's record, which seemed to be aimed at bringing former voters back into the fold.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Dinah Dunavan,

    What was truly amazing was that given such an easy question, Key failed completely to answer it.

    Quite. In a wholly contrived, edited situation, they still couldn't give the impression of him nailing it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Sacha,

    Even Labour has those slightly fuzzy degraded fonts. Perhaps it’s conventional design wisdom in a recession?

    Nah, it’s further proof of the old saw that the sure sign of an immature artist is a fear of the obvious. Gee, clear readable fonts… that’s not going to win any creatives hipster douche points. (The grave yard of crap advertising is full of campaigns that strained so hard to be “edgy” they had a rupture.)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Quite. In a wholly contrived, edited situation, they still couldn’t give the impression of him nailing it.

    If you're going to fake it, be brazen about it. How many time was Labour caught out running ads with "real people" played by actors and just said "whatever, moving on..."

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    On the billboards, am I the only one who finds the Greens' use of children unsettling? Like having kids at a protest...

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to David Cormack,

    Good question - if there wasn't so much "will nobody think about THE CHILDREN" concern trolling already in the political aether, I'd probably be uneasy. As is, not much.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    There's an audible hum in the National video, probably coming through the PA system in the hall. I can't imagine this would be deliberate. As learned from the 48Hours film competition, bad pictures are forgivable, but bad sound is unforgivable. Whoever made this video ought to be ashamed of their work.

    As for the Green video, I tensed up when it opened to the sound of an acoustic guitar accompanied by one of those egg percussion shaker things. Being Green is no excuse for bad music.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1878 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    haunting spectra...

    Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)

    Heartily recommended, cultural forensics of the highest order...
    My first contact with Errol Morris, the fact that Tom Waits took the only wedding photo he had, tickled me...

    the green kinder garden...

    On the billboards, am I the only one who finds the Greens’ use of children unsettling? Like having kids at a protest…

    I have no problem with it, isn't it the societal imperative to make a future for children and their children and so on - National treat kids and teenagers like they don't realise they are the chrysalises adults come from... adults with memories and the power to change things.
    So why not illustrate a push towards a richer future with what you treasure and are fighting for?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to David Cormack,

    Like having kids at a protest…

    Yeah right. Those horrid protesters who use their kids as human shields as they brutally thrust their adult groins into the knees of innocent police.
    Don't hold back David.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    This government reminds me of Muldoon’s era. It really does. But that’s just me, I am sure.

    Nope, you are not alone. But that's just me.;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6358 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Eh? I just meant in relation to having kids push for something they don't really understand or have opinions on.

    Your response has baffled me.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • JLM, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What was truly amazing was that given such an easy question, Key failed completely to answer it.

    Quite. In a wholly contrived, edited situation, they still couldn’t give the impression of him nailing it.

    I was hiding in the bedroom when I heard him talking about roads, but I was appalled at what disingenuous waffle it was. I hope someone with more expertise than me (like Josh Arbury) will dissect his narrative.

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I didn't get what the Greens where implying by using the supper yacht marina as there back drop. And I am still none the wiser to what it is that they are planing to do. Could it be some sort of magic spell?

    I got that Labor has a team of well educated career politicians that will know how to operate there ministries effectivley.

    And that National truly believes the population to be incredibly gullible.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2807 posts Report Reply

  • JLM, in reply to David Cormack,

    Eh? I just meant in relation to having kids push for something they don’t really understand or have opinions on.

    I've never met a kid that didn't like mucking about in clean water.

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to steven crawford,

    And don't vote for that nasty Sid Holland. He's a wanker. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to James Butler,

    the red background, faux-stencil typeface and ALL CAPS combine to make them look a little... how do I put this... hammer-and-sickle

    I think there's no doubt the message behind the message is that Labour is getting back to its roots. Not far enough, I would say, but it's good that Labour is being out and proud about being redistributionist, interventionist, maybe even a teeny bit socialist.

    And the old-school propaganda look is so hip right now.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2977 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Family tradition is quite a lot of it, especially for Labour and National voters.

    You know, I never knew how my father voted. My mother swears that even she didn't know.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2208 posts Report Reply

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