Posted: Oct 24, 2008 6:48 am
I did get super pissed at a video email that Move.On sent me yesterday, and wrote them a nasty letter about it. It was one of those "personalized" videos that indicated that if I didn't vote I was personally responsible for the supposed loss of the election. You know, it was real cutesy, with "man on the street" interviews, and famous people interviews saying that "Alisa didn't vote and we lost the election just because of that one person". They used my whole name.
I don't know why it pissed me off so, except that I've voted in every election that I could have since I was 18.
I also got that video (with my name), and it pissed me off too.
You can customize it to send it to your "friends," to scare them into voting. But the one I got was sent to me directly by MoveOn (not a friend) with a subject line of "Jay - you're in this video, seriously." Maybe it's because I've been really seriously following this election, and really disgusted with the "politics of fear" that's been so prevalent already, but I didn't think the video was funny, and I didn't like the suggestion that someone who doesn't vote should be ostracized publicly like that. I don't like the "scare tactic" approach.
I voted last Saturday. Despite the reality of the electoral college, I agree with the concept that every vote counts. I just think there are better ways to get that message across. I'm much more concerned about voter suppression and vote theft than I am about actual voter turnout.
But then, among the few people with whom I've discussed this particular MoveOn campaign, almost everybody thinks it's funny and great. I'm probably being a big plastic bag baby about it.