Do it yourself ads
The Andy Hardy films aren't shown on TV much these days. One of the high points of the movie would be when Andy (played by Mickey Rooney) would say something like, "We can raise the money. Let's put on a show in the barn."
Nowadays, Andy would suggest they start a website, of course.
MoveOn.org has started something like the talent show in the barn. It asked its members and the whole world to submit 30-second ads against the re-election of GW Bush. Now you can vote on the talent at Bush in 30 Seconds and read about the whole thing in Wired News: Bush-Bashing Ads Move Online:
Frustrated by political ads? Then make one yourself. That's what MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group, invited its supporters to do last October. Since then, more than 1,000 wannabe political consultants and commercial directors have yanked the lens covers off their camcorders in an effort to unseat President Bush.
The results are now posted at MoveOn.org's Bush in 30 Seconds website. Viewers who register with the MoveOn site can cast their votes online to select 15 finalists from the 1,019 entries. MoveOn will broadcast the winner, to be chosen by a celebrity jury, in late January.
The rules were simple: Make a 30-second ad in opposition to George W. Bush and his policies. As you'd expect, the resultant videos are distinct from typical political ads, which generally are built on heavy polling and market research.
"Political ads are about as dull as can be -- except when they are mean and aggressive," said Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org's 22-year-old international campaigns director. "Either you have the candidate wearing a flannel shirt walking around in a barnyard talking about how he understands regular people, or you have the Willie Horton-style character-assassination ads, which people do pay attention to but which are misleading."
According to Pariser, the films at Bush in 30 Seconds represent a new form of political expression -- they are "funny and poignant and hopeful" and "show up the stereotype of the angry left."