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The DNC has a LOT more money than the RNC. They ought to consider investing in some general ads that INNOCULATE voters against future republican attack, swiftboat and fear induction ads. The ads I am thinking about would mock the last eight years of right wing ads-- the deep, gravel voiced guy saying nasty things about those tax-raising corrupt dems.

I'd love to see ads that laugh at right wing fear and smear tactics. They are so old and tired, so predictable. The ads should be very smart, using images that start out serious and then get clumsy, ham-handed, or with people voicing over them, laughing at them, saying, "Oh, come on. Do you really think ANYONE will still buy this fear and smear garbage?" And a gravel voice comes on. "You bet they will. They better. It's all we've got."

Seriously. The right wing ads are SOOO predictable. Advance innoculation of viewers could minimize their potency. By innoculation, I mean that it is possible to pre-set viewers expectations. If a serious guy talking about nasty dangers, in a deep voice is lampooned and mocked, ahead of time, if the viewer is prepared for the onslaught of this kind of attack ad, then when the ads are run, they won't work. They will, instead, galvanize the viewer AGAINST the right wingers running the ad.

I said, before the November elections, that the DNC should help local candidates with this approach. They didn't. I still say that this approach could help raise the tide for all candidates on the left. The right has been "tenderizing" and "marinating" the public with their message for decades. The left's leadership, the DNC, moveon.org, People for the American Way-- whoever has the resources-- should invest in general ads, not candidate specific ads, to help influence the thinking of voters. It would go a long way and help many, many candidates, including those who can't afford ANY advertising.

This kind of ad, marketing a spin, frame, perspective, could, of course, go both ways. The thing is, with Bushco running things in the White house, the right wing message has been permeating the airwaves for seven years. There really should be, at this time, a strong response to it. Ads that mock the right wing message, and how it is delivered could go a long way to counter its efficacy and power.

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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This is a great idea and so simple.  It's... by Joan Brunwasser on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 9:21:24 AM
Yes it can plan ahead smart but Beating right wing... by Andris on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 6:06:30 PM
 I think in principle, this is a fantastic id... by Char Stellamaris on Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 7:11:56 PM
Nice article Rob, has valid point, however there i... by Eddy Schmid on Saturday, Nov 17, 2007 at 3:25:56 AM
With sexism alive and well in our own so-called pr... by fou on Saturday, Nov 17, 2007 at 12:35:25 PM