Why Obama Tapped Sanjay Gupta

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 9th, 2009

Celebrity and transition-team gossip overlapped this week. Obama, it appears, offered the Surgeon General post to media-savvy neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. There seems to be some dissent within the public-health community over this pick, and some commentators (like Paul Krugman) are disappointed. But if in fact it's true that Obama wants ...

Felon Disenfranchisement

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Despite the general excitement about high voter turnout rates in this election -- even among youth -- it's good to remember that over five million Americans (as of 2004) can't vote even if they want to. Because they're convicted felons. Depending on what state they live in, they may be ...

Sorry, Earth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Alexander Main lives in Germany. He says he put some effort into this creative video to express his feelings of responsibility for "what's happening to our world, to our planet, to all the people who is paying the consequences of our acts." It seems safe to assume he'd like to ...

Veteran Suicides and PTSD

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

JustA11en starts by saying, "In the interest of full disclosure, this video will not be entertaining..." That may be true, but you should watch it to the very end anyway. JustA11en is a veteran and a self-described "veritable cornucopia of useless, non applicable, knowledge." In this particular case, his intensity ...

Obama with Pals in Windows

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I've been waiting for the right moment to feature this photo of Obama and the Orange Monster, but oddly enough there hasn't been a relevant news peg. Paired with the second photo, though, it might be the start of a series: Obama with pals in windows. Steve Portigal is a design ...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Obama has said he would lift it; McCain feels it's working and ought to be left alone. In this video, kevdude25, who is gay and on active duty in the military, asks the Republican candidates (now whittled down to McCain) what freedom he's fighting for when ...

Torture

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 23rd, 2008

If you type "torture" plus "election" into Google News today, nothing much comes up. "Interrogation" plus "election" doesn't yield much either. This is puzzling, since America's interrogation tactics arguably affect its reputation profoundly. You'd think this might be more of an issue on the campaign trail. Torture/interrogation plain and simple, though ...

Clinton “Sunset Boulevard” Parody

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Lisa Nova makes videos. A lot of videos. Some of them are about the campaign, and they're clever. Up first, via Sue Salinger, a sharp parody of the last scene of Sunset Boulevard, with Clinton in the Norma Desmond role: Nova plays lots of different characters in her videos; in this ...

Anti-Hispanic Racism in Virginia

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This probutcool video was made by indy filmmakers who are documenting immigration issues in Northern Virginia. They're putting shorts up on their YouTube channel as they go, and they'll draw on the collection of footage to create a feature-length film. This clip (found by Sue Salinger) documents some anti-Hispanic racism ...

Beatles Songs for the Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

These spoofs of Princeton professor Cornel West -- by Los Angeles filmmaker David McMillan, aka "Professor Clifton East" -- match up the presidential candidates with Beatles songs. McMillan created these in 2007, when the candidate pool was considerably larger. In Part I, the Democrats: And in Part II, the Republicans: When Sarolta ...

Go Tell Mama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

Go Tell Mama is one of the most interesting viral Obama campaigns out there. (Thanks, Tate Nova and Ghidewon Arefe.) This street art, signed CRO, was dreamed up -- during some soul searching after a terrible 2006 bike accident -- by Chicago graphic designer Ray Noland. His iconic posters, stencils, ...

Citizen Ads

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

They're everywhere on YouTube and Flickr and in the blogosphere: ads made by supporters to promote their favorite candidates. They're 2008's Web 2.0 version of homemade posters and banners -- fuelled by digital media gadgetry. This video is a good example because its creator, Phil de Vellis, explains both why ...

Explosive Take on Global Warming

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The campaigns haven't been talking much about global warming recently, so it seemed a good time to remember why they should be. This video (which comes via co-curator James Mills) was made by Greg Craven, a high-school science teacher in Corvallis, Oregon. It's an enthusiastic argument designed to convince even ...

Five Years Old: Part I

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The Iraq war started five years ago yesterday. Here is one American's textured experience of it. Jayel Aheram is a 24-year-old active-duty Marine, a blogger, and an avid photographer. He's also a Ron Paul supporter, so it's easy to assume he might be against the war, but what he writes ...

Farewell, Fair Tax

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[trialkat / Flickr] This picture by trialkat was taken at a Fair Tax rally in Jacksonville, FL, where Mike Huckabee played his bass. The boy is holding a dollar bill autographed by Huckabee, and the photo seemed a fitting adieu to the candidate, who, after last night's primaries, conceded the GOP ...

Pro and Anti Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

[Mashuga / Flickr] [MikeSchinkel / Flickr] These pictures pretty much sum it up. It's a big issue this election -- especially in states like Texas, which votes and caucuses in primaries today. The photo of the little girl holding the sign was taken in Scranton, PA, by Gary Clark (aka Mashuga), a retired ...