My Videos

“Video is the new paper.” Ken McCarthy said that.
“Movies are the new literature.” Gore Vidal said that.
“If a picture is worth 10,000 words, then a video must be priceless.” I said that.

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UPDATE: Back in 2006, I created some 30-second web ads (totally on spec) for various Democratic congressional candidates. Each of the candidates had one thing in common: they were all challengers to sitting Republican congressmen.

The ads used the same template:

  1. Bush is bad.
  2. The incumbent voted with Bush 90% of the time.
  3. Therefore, the incumbent is bad.
  4. Had enough? Vote Democratic.

Boom — 30 seconds, in and out.

I produced close to a dozen of these and posted them on YouTube and various local political blogs that followed those races. It was all pro bono, totally gratis — I just wanted to make a contribution to the cause.

Then one afternoon I got an email from Carol Gay’s campaign. She was running for Congress from the 4th congressional district of New Jersey. Apparently someone on her campaign had seen one of the other ads I had done. They wanted to know if I could do one for them too. No problem! It took me an hour to churn it out and I sent it along. Then I forgot about it.

Less than a week later, I get another email saying that Ms. Gay is going to be interviewed by Stephen Colbert and could I please send along a broadcast quality version of the same ad. Well! I’m a big fan of Colbert’s show so I did a new version of the ad. I asked that they please let me know when the interview was going to happen. But I didn’t hear anything back … and I forgot about it.

A few weeks later, on my lunch hour, I’m surfing Colbert’s site and I type in Carol Gay’s name. Up pops the link: “Better Know a District – New Jersey’s 4th – Carol Gay.” I clicked the play button and, while I ate my sandwich, I watched thinking, “Dang. I guess they didn’t use the ad.”

Then, at 4:20 into the feature…well watch it for yourself. All I can say is, you’re no one til Colbert disses you. Heh.

P.S. Ms. Gay lost her election, but a number of “my” other candidates won theirs — and the Democrats captured a majority of the House that fall.

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