Saturday, 20 June 2009
|1143 - He's Barack Obama|
Satire, or documentary pandering? You decide, about JibJab's latest:
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current mood: amused
Barack Obama loves you, Jay.
o/~ Here he comes to save the dayyyyyy! o/~
(Yeah, definitely making satire of Obama's "larger than life" status among his followers.)
I was going to answer your question by saying "yes" (meaning I thought it could be both).
Then I watched it, and decided that it is satire after all. Some of the images (the money raining down on the "bourgeois") and some of the tasks (wrestle bears! Save a kitten from a tree) have the right quality of over-the-topness to be satirical.
My guess is that the JibJab folk who made this one are basically liberal who like Obama well enough but think all the spinning of his public image has gotten out of hand.
I find it really hard to tell if they're liberal or not since they do excellent satire of both parties. If I had to guess, I'd think that they were just anti-spending, since this is the second video where they've really hit that point hard.
But it could be that they're so good at this satire, that everyone thinks that they're on their own side. :)
I'm not familiar with JibJab's other work, so you may be right. (Though I'll note that conservatives tend to be more likely to be "anti-spending" than liberals do.) ;-)
I also agree that the best satires are multi-targeted, and apply in more than one direction, so that it is possible for "everyone" to think that the satirist is on their side.
I ... see. Thanks for the links.
I just showed the Barack Obama video that Jay started this thread with to esrblog
, and when I mentioned the spending issue, he said "But liberals think that's a *good* thing!"
It's clearly a satire, but that's different than pointed partisan criticism. The writers, animators, and musicians may all support Obama's policies, but they aren't pundits, they just make funny videos. And that's what they did. Not a big deal.