Thursday, February 01, 2007

Of Attack Ads and Smear Campaigns

My apologies for the lack of substantive posts lately. It's a case of, once again, real life interfering with blogging. The nerve.

Anyway, I feel compelled to comment on the latest round of Conservative Party attack ads as I've now seen them on TV, and more particularly on the commentary that's sprouted out in the blogosphere.

While reading the commentary, I was reminded of an old post over at Stageleft - Balbulican's Rhetric Conversion Table.

When we use attack ads and smear campaigns, we are stating facts and pointing out fallacies in our opponents' positions. It's politics. The electorate will ultimately decide if it's effective.

When they use attack ads and smear campaigns, it's completely unwarranted and unnecessary, and completely lowers the level of political discourse in this country. It's shameful. The electorate will ultimately decide if it's effective.

So, do I like the attack ads?

Well, they're kind of like an ad for Sensodyne: I already know what the product is trying to pitch, it has strong market presence, the message may at some time in the future resonate with me, but I have no need for it right now. I might need it later on, and I'll keep it in mine when I need to make a decision. But, I'm not in anyway spurned to action right now.

In other words, a solid meh.

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2 comments:

Balbulican said...

Holy cow. I have a greatest hit.

Jim said...

Best. post. ever.