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Mobilize the Vote 2008: Citizen's Cry

Mobilize the Vote 2008: Citizen's Cry

A new Internet video uses powerful imagery to inspire the millennial generation to vote. "Citizen's Cry" brings viewers 80 years into a bleak-looking future, in an attempt to emphasize to America's youth what could happen if they stay home this election. "Citizen's Cry," directed by Corey Rosen, who's worked on Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean, hopes young people will realize that their silence could be heard far into the future.

The video claims to be bipartisan, but it definitely suggests that having the wrong leaders in power will lead to the downfall of America. The viewer is left to decide which leaders will usher in hard times for later generations, and which can save them. Do you think the message of urgency will inspire youth, or does it fall flat by trying too hard?

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CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
Does anyone remember those ads against the patriot act where the guy was getting hassled at the library for wanting to check out a certain book? They wanted his information? That was a very slight exaggeration of the powers the patriot act could give the government.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
It's too exaggerated for people voting today. An apocalyptic future because I didn't vote? How about 16 years in the future? That's long enough for at least two presidents, so it's still bipartisan, but it's long enough to see the effects of changes implemented now. Imagine an ad in the 90's showing possible futures for the new millennium, especially based around the relevant issues. Which future do you want to see? Vote.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I didn't find this ad inspiring and I don't think a lot of young people will take it seriously.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I kind of liked it. Somewhat inspiring, something to think about...
stephley stephley 7 years
I agree, it's flat and apocalyptic for no clear reason.
MSucre MSucre 7 years
I think it falls pretty flat. First of all, before I even read that the director had also worked on Pirates, it was very obvious to me! Secondly, I think it would have been stronger had it been partisan. If the director is trying to say that one of the two candidates is going to lead us to the sort of devastation seen in this ad, then you'd think she'd feel strongly enough to tell us which candidate to vote for. I think without being partisan, this ad could be seen as divisive. Vote for MY candidate (whoever he is), if not we're all doomed... It would have been stronger, had it been partisan. This sort of doomsday warning does not work as a "rock the vote" ad!
MSucre MSucre 7 years
I think it falls pretty flat. First of all, before I even read that the director had also worked on Pirates, it was very obvious to me! Secondly, I think it would have been stronger had it been partisan. If the director is trying to say that one of the two candidates is going to lead us to the sort of devastation seen in this ad, then you'd think she'd feel strongly enough to tell us which candidate to vote for.I think without being partisan, this ad could be seen as divisive. Vote for MY candidate (whoever he is), if not we're all doomed... It would have been stronger, had it been partisan. This sort of doomsday warning does not work as a "rock the vote" ad!
annebreal annebreal 7 years
I think it falls flat by being too artsy. I mean honestly, I consider myself pretty politically active and I'm in that age-group they're talking about - I was 18 in the 2004 election - and it took me a minute to wrap my brain around it, and had I just seen that cold on TV I would've been like "wow that's a weird commercial" and turned it off. If their point is that a bigtime lack of young voter turnout gave us President Bush, so go register to vote, just go out and say it instead of trying to win a political ad Academy Award, since they don't exist and all.
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