Wednesday Morning Links

I have to rush to campus in a few minutes to teach, but given some of my recent discussion of political advertising and representing the presidency, I wanted to point to a few of links:

  • First, Slate has an interesting exchange between Ron Suskind, Oliver Stone, Jacob Weisberg, and Bob Woodward on the subject of Oliver Stone’s new movie, W (which I wrote about recently).  Suskind and Woodward, of course, have written extensively on the Bush White House, with Suskind providing what has become one of the key soundbites of the Bush administration when he quoted one anonymous White House official stating that Bush’s opponents live in the “reality-based community.”
  • Errol Morris has a new column in the New York Times on the history of the use of “real-people ads,” which he traces back to the dawn of television advertising (I’d be interested to know if a similar practice existed during the radio era).  As Morris reminds us, many of these ads can be found at the extremely valuable resource, The Living Room Candidate.  Morris uses this history to frame a series of advertisements he produced for the Obama campaign, People in the Middle for Obama.
  • I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but Brave New Films has a video interview of Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine (which I’m currently reading in my spare time), talking about the current financial crisis.

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