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Remixing Politics: What Took So Long?
Recently, a couple new startups began putting together sites with resources for collaborating on and sharing remixed political mashups ostensibly designed to encourage younger voters. [story on Wired]
While this is still a few shades away from the color I originally envisioned the remix/mashup scene, it can only be a matter of time before we say goodbye to the stale dramas that have been the mainstay of political dialog for centuries. Get ready for a new era of political power driven by the ability to motivate through entertainment. The position will eventually be granted to the politician who best crafts the memes that will drive their voters.
Get ready for MC POTUS, ladies and gentlemen...
It may be time for all you Cyberpunk 2020 geeks to get all lubed up; the era of the politically powerful rocker is at hand. While it isn't likely that we'll be voting in the likes of Johnny Silverhand, it does mean that the next major political campaign could end up going to the candidate with the best DJ.
With all of the electronic audio paraphernalia that is at our disposal, it has always seemed an obvious (yet largely unexploited) next step to put it to use for political speeches. Add a little reverb/chorus/echo; enough that it is subtle but still obvious. Get an audio engineer to let you sound like the voice of god when you make your points.
All that aside, I can still go the rest of my life without having to hear actual politicians trying to rap. Watching Bulworth was enough for me...