Monday, June 25, 2007

Will Hip Videos Play In Peoria?

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A ridiculous rant by a ridiculous woman: columnist Kathleen Parker's "Will hip videos play in Peoria?" appears in the Weekend Times Union. First of all, don't be fooled by the old "Ask Abby" style photo: I've posted one from 2005.

Parker swoops down on Hillary Clinton's popular Sopranos-spoof video.
"Everyday people, in other words, are too busy getting to work, raising children and going to their respective houses of worship to monitor the virtual world where Gravel (who is running for president, by the way), Clinton and other presidential candidates have posted about 900 political videos."
Really? Get with the times, Parker! EVRYBODY I know, from tweens to seniors, are ONLINE on a regular basis. I and a few colleagues follow politics on the net, and we've never heard of this "Gravel" individual. I asked around, and not too many of the net-savvy people I know were familiar with Gravel. (They ALL had heard of and many had viewed the Clinton video.)

Here is Parkers BIGGEST mistake:
"'So what's the winning song? ... My money is on Smash Mouth,' says the former prez.

No cheating: Who or what is Smash Mouth? Even if you know, this pop reference is clearly aimed at younger folks who are the primary audience and producers of YouTube. Translation: The Clintons are cool." Duh... everybody knows "Smashmouth" (except YOU, Parker!) And we all knew already that the Clintons ARE cool!
Parker: "It's all rather insider stuff and has not much to do with the real world in which most Americans dwell."

Me: Wow, are you missing it! The video hits home and has EVERYTHING to do with the real world in which most Americans dwell."

Parker's off on the Gravel thing for the rest of the article, an indicator that, in true style, she's using Gravel as a tool to cast Hillary in an unflattering light.

"Candidates can't afford to ignore either, but ultimately they're forced to present two different faces to two different audiences -- the plugged and the unplugged, the hip and the un-hip." The Clintons appeal to both sides of the fence Parker built.

Parker sums it up by writing "Come Election Day, it may not be so cool to be so cool."


OOoops, did we borrow the title of our article from another?
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