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My family is thinking about putting together a youtube ad, using ordinary people (not actors).  Something down-home and clear that makes the following points:

  1.  Republicans claim to be for the Average American but how can they be when

--refuse to extend unemployment benefits for unemployed workers in the Great Recession
--many GOP candidates oppose a minimum wage (Michael Steele doesn't even know what the minimum wage is--
--Republicans continue to support companies shipping American jobs overseas
--Republicans--the party of paychecks?  Paychecks for CEOS!

It's just a start.  We intend to use clips and put something together in the next week or so.

Any advice or assistance is helpful.

I know, this diary is TOO short!

Sorry about that!  Anyway, please offer whatever advice you can.  We need lots of these ads by ordinary people to help breakthrough when the MSM is TERRIBLE

Originally posted to teenvote on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 09:53 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Join National Youth Rights Assocation, http://www.youthrights.org and join the youth rights revolution

    by teenvote on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 09:53:24 AM PDT

    •  Good for your family for considering this! (3+ / 0-)
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      john07801, HoosierDeb, J Brunner Fan

      Grassroots efforts like this can have a positive impact.

      The Party of No has no agenda other than anti-taxes, anti-big government, and anti-entitlements. We just had eight years of this philosophy that two years of Democratic leadership, weighted down as it has been by Blue Dogs and Republican intransigence, could not possibly undo.

      It can't be undone especially in light of our controlled messaging system, our MSM, which distinctly lacks a liberal bias. The exceptions are a few stars like Maddow and Stewart and Olbermann and Colbert. They have to use their with and humor to hammer home the liberal bias of reality.

      Our Democrats need all the help they can get, and I strongly encourage your family to make and publicize a YouTube video supporting our Democrats.

  •  Was just having a thought along the same lines, (3+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, john07801, Amber6541

    but my video skills are pathetic.

    The basic idea was to show a stark comparison between the
    Progressives and Regressives - using the frame of:

    Reason & Respect vs. Rage & Rhetoric

    The points you listed above would fit under the Regressives side of the scale. Using images to portray the vast chasm between the sides can then be used to where each side will land us in the long run.

    I just couldn't figure out how to condense it into video formatting. Us old farts have to rely on you tech savvy young folk to bring it to life.

    Good on you for your efforts!!

    No, I will NOT sit down or shut up...but, thanks for askin'!

    by HoosierDeb on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 10:05:01 AM PDT

  •  Thanks and good luck! (3+ / 0-)
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    JanF, HoosierDeb, Hopefruit2

    Glad to have you on our side.

    You may want to come to BPICampus
    to ask.

    JanF knows quite a bit about code and stuff. She may be able to help you.

    October is breast cancer awareness month.

    by J Brunner Fan on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 11:16:57 AM PDT

  •  good idea, all the best. some ideas: (2+ / 0-)
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    HoosierDeb, Hopefruit2

    look for a couple powerful clips that show pandering to the wealthiest that you can contrast with Average Americans  -- closeups of real people go a long way - do you have some neighbors who would willing to be videotaped saying something?
    ) - focus on revealing the gap between what they say and what they really are doing, but I'd say don't try to elicit an angry response, you want the viewer to begin to view the repub talking points as double talk. The recent plan for america (or whatever it's called) is a good example of the doubletalk, but there are lots. - you don't need clips showing the repubs claim to be on the side of Average American you can just state that. ppl know they are making that claim.
    don't have too much going on the video so viewer can absorb what you show -
    will give it more thought - wish I had time to make some myself; it's great that you are doing this. wishing you all the best!

  •  simple is best (1+ / 0-)
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    HoosierDeb

    I think the  points you mention would be in two or three videos.

    specifying a Republican or a few (the ones from your part of the country)and a vote in Congress or an ad

    Have a character who is running out of Unemployment Insurance, despite having worked part time during the summer/tourism season

    Have a character who is working fulltime at minimum wage and glad to have the money

    Remember to say these are hardworking Americans who need Democrats in office.

    The most effective Yes,We Can videos (IMHO) were aimed at specific communities of interest, so I relished the Cajun musicians (and the link swept through groups and email).  Maybe you can direct your video too.

    "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." [Ray Bradbury]

    by RosyFinch on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 01:25:54 PM PDT

  •  you probably saw in the discussion of the guy (0+ / 0-)

    whose house burned down because he hadn't paid the fee, a lot of discussion (Glen Beck, for example) about how the guy should have paid. the republicans have no concept that $75 is a lot of money for most people. They truly are completely out of touch with how most must budget carefully, make choices, and go without lots of things the Rs take for granted. I think you should get footage of your friends, neighbors (and people who are willing to be taped) in their space - house/ apartment, outside the house/ building, maybe work around the house etc while they are talking, so the video clips give a substantial picture of the ppl in the video,  a feeling of real life. have you followed the story about the fake west virginians - the ad company got actors in PA who "look hicky" (their casting description); they are sitting around a restaurant in flannel shirts and caps. real ppl of west VA are laughing at them - who wears flannel shirts in our weather? according to one comment I read
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

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