Campaign Politics and Rhetoric
Parody is a humorous imitation of a piece of literature or writing.
Rhetoric is the art of influenicing the thought of an audience.
Campaign is the competition by rival political candidates for public office.
Logic is a particular method of reasoning or argumentation.
Fallacy is a deceptive, misleading, or false notion.
“Time for Some Campaignin” at JibJab
Quote 1: “We failed to extinguish Barack’s rising star” -Hilary Clinton
This quote, from Clinton, not only implies that Clinton lost against Obama, but also that Obama is being treated like a celebrity.
Quote 2: “I spent years in a rat hole in vietnam” -McCain
McCain looks extremely proud of his military service in this video. He suffered through the Vietnam war, so he thinks he deserves to be President.
Quote 3: “I really like change do I make myself clear” -Obama
This quote was very funny because Obama’s slogan is “vote for change”. Obama continually stressed change in his campaign, and it seems like the people who made this video were sick of that slogan.
Implied 1: The rainbow, fairies, pony, and cute animals following Obama implies that Obama’s plans are unrealistic like a fairytale. His goals for “change” are too idealistic.
Implied 2: Obama and McCain, both wearing a gold crown, toast (with a gold cup). This implies that the Presidential election has become more of a competition for a throne than a proper election for the President of the United Sates.
Implied 3: Towards the end of the video, Obama and McCain start throwing money all over the streets. They used so much money for the 2008 election. It is interesting how these candidates would do anything to get extra votes, including spending all their money.
Many logical fallacies were used in this video. I think this video was trying to show that the election is becoming a corrupt competition. The winner of the election will only win if he has the most money, fame, or interesting character. First of all, this video uses Straw Man, where the creator of the video attacks each candidate’s unimportant points. For example, the video attacks the fact that Obama never served in the army, which is quite irrelevant for the 2008 election. Also, Clinton’s cheating scandal is shown in the video in order to add a humorous effect. However, this scene is completely unnecessary. This video may also be using appeal to ignorance because the video does not mention any of the important/crucial points about the candidates (like their opinion on taxes, etc). Instead, it attacks the funny aspects of the candidates.