Voting: Do It Wrong And Your Family Dies
By Benjamin Wilbur. October 29, 2012, 2:19 PM CDT
Joss Whedon’s viral endorsement makes some interesting points, especially the one where my brains are eaten because I voted incorrectly. The short video exemplifies the utility and ease of spreading information, especially political news, but also encapsulates the charm and personality of the internet.
The internet, in its essence, is creative freedom in all directions for a minimal monetary investment. People can tweet their thoughts, publish political videos, or even engage in creative photoshopping of President Obama. Joss Whedon’s recent “endorsement” of Mitt Romney, like other internet commentators, is not directly engaging in politics itself. Instead, through satire, he encourages a good laugh and a quick reflection on the candidates via strong implications, nothing more.
Look at YouTube: Those videos are free to post, view, and even embed in other websites. Viewers choose which videos to watch, thus making the content more effective than suffering through commercials, political or otherwise. Side by side windows are the best way to watch political videos on the internet; one for watching the video, another for rapid and almost feral fact checking.
Whedon’s satirical endorsement is a great example of the how easy invading the political spheres has become, but also how easy it is to contribute, whether for fun or for an office.
About Benjamin Wilbur
Benjamin Wilbur is a dungeon master, writer, and gamer living in Arlington, Texas. He has two cats, one girlfriend, and a whelming wit.