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Positive Message or Negative? Which Works Best?



If you're choosing to passionately support a candidate or a cause, you can wear your heart on your sleeve, chest, or bumper one of two ways: in support of a cause or against its antithesis. My question is: Which works better? Is one more persuasive?

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hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
HOME GIRL?! Hillary?! Hmm, all my home girls can throw down with some ox tails, greens and corn bread. Can she do that?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Smooches UnDave!!!
syako syako 8 years
obama schlabama
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
Well, that Schmillary one is stupid. It's very empty. And it sort of makes one sound like an idiot. Empty negatives really piss me off. I'm cool with empty positives, though. I suppose it's the 'if you don't have anything nice to say...' attitude. With empty positives, I assume you have something to back it up, but with empty negatives, I usually just conclude you can't think of anything real to say, so you go with . . . schmillary
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
And I would love to see your face on a t-shirt :)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I would rather put my face on the t-shirt. Why would I give someone else free press.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Positive messages work better, but negative ads get more air time. As far as these messages go, I wouldn't wear either. They don't speak to my age bracket (almost older than dirt).
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
Jillness, you're just too good at seeing both sides. I think you could not have just one slogan. It would be "xzy" but in some cases "pdq." And that would fill up the shirt. :) That is a good thing, in my opinion. :)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I wouldn't wear either. Politics are way too complicated for me to accurately get the message across in such a small space. Or maybe I am just long winded! ;)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I wouldn't wear either. As far as sending messages, I always prefer to send positive ones. I thik politics has become too much about "us against them". Too much about the parties and not about the people.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
Positive. That is why despite my personal opinion, I have never bought or placed an anti-Bush message on my vehicle or worn a disparaging article of clothing. I think it is more important to show what I am for than lament what I am against. Positivity wins support.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
Oh Cabaker, the good old days! Just like my momma would have told me, "Honey, don't take an illegal-immigration protest sign to school, that's a bad idea." And Syako, when I see those t-shirts, I typically think the person is mocking Jesus or Mary, or whatever is on their shirt.
syako syako 8 years
To be absolutely honest, I've never looked at someone in a graphic tee and read the message and then thought, "hey, good point" and changed my views. It's the same as Jesus is my homeboy or Mary is my homegirl, you think those kids brought people to Christianity? Doubt it.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I wouldn't wear either! Remember when it used to be taboo to discuss religion and politics?? Ohhh the good old days...
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I'd rather be seen to promote a positive message. Negative messages are probably more *effective* in the long run. However, I would not want to have a breaking negative story traced back to me! Such tactics appear desperate and unprincipled.
serial serial 8 years
Sure, but Barack the Vote has brought out quite a few young voters! ;-)
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I don't think my "Rock us, Dukakis" face tattoo really translated into votes.
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