Much to the chagrin and frustration of my friends and loved ones, I am rather apathetic about all things political.
A moderate by nature and a conservative by obligation, I tend to be able to see issues from both sides and can appreciate the roads people travel that lead them to their respective beliefs. It’s not that I agree with those beliefs, per se, but I can understand where they came from.
It’s that mindset which generally leaves me bewildered when an election year rolls around. The unmitigated vitriol with which political slurs are slung is genuinely perplexing to me. And it pops up EVERYWHERE!
Yesterday, while preparing a lovely article for The Cool Ship on several YouTube vocalists and musicians, I was inundated with political ads.
MUSIC: UP AND UNDER, MELODRAMATIC
V/O (MALE, SERIOUS): Mitt Romney hates your family. He wants to take all your money and give it to big pharma!
FADE OUT ON UNFLATTERING PICTURE OF ROMNEY
MUSIC: BRIGHT and SUNNY
V/O (FEMALE, LIGHT): President Obama fights for American families and jobs!
I swear I’ve seen that one. Haven’t you? And they’re no better from the other angle, either.
However, I gotta call the win for the president’s staff in the YouTube arena. I rarely see a pro-Mitt advertisement before the videos I watch. Now, perhaps that’s because I’m not watching the “right” videos (Right…get it?). Maybe Mitt’s ads skew toward videos that I’m not interested in.It’s possible, I suppose.
But, given the social and Internet savvy President Obama’s campaign exhibited the first time around, I don’t think it’s an accident that they’re all up in my business every time I want to watch a cat meow the Game of Thrones theme.
Overall, though, I don’t go to YouTube to learn about politics. Granted, I’ve watched my fair share of news autotuning, but, more often than not, I’m going to be entertained.
So, I will end my brief and reasonable rant with this: GET OFF MY YOUTUBE!
Unless you’re Chuck Norris, and you make your own videos that aren’t tacked on the beginning of what I want to watch. I love me some crazy Chuck Norris.