Viral videos are the new tools for marketing. It’s been used (and abused) this time ‘round for the elections!
Anyone who knows their social media knows that viral videos are a crucial way for achieving traffic that reaches critical mass — always cooking what they hope would be forwarded to the most of their friends, and so on.
Since you couldn’t turn on your television without seeing the elections, the makers of these viral videos ask, why not your internets? Here’s 5 of the best viral videos that have been used in the elections for delivering Obama’s message … or a laugh, whichever comes first.
The Great Schlep
Who doesn’t find Sarah Silverman funny? The queasy ones, of course! In this viral video, she focuses on getting Jewish youth to get their grandparents to vote for change, while delivering cold hard truths that are the equivalent of a gut punch to “that” other guy’s campaign choices.
Obama Girl – I Got A Crush on Obama
Because everyone knows, girls in boy shorts declaring their love for a dude is every dude’s fantasy. Why do we sexualize politicians? To bring them down to our level, of course. How many of us hasn’t fallen for a celebrity? What’s so wrong with making a video ‘bout it, and then selling merch? (the boy shorts) Plus, I do have to say that it’s pretty catchy!
Ugh. Who isn’t tired of rickrolls? It made Rick Astley famous again, hasn’t it? Why shouldn’t it work on Obama? This one has a neat twist though, it has various clips FROM Obama himself — making him sing the words to the song! The guy that made this sure did take a lot of time compiling the clips and stitching them together into song.
If there was an origin story for viral videos, I’d say the original Wassup commercial’s up there. It was catchy, different-yet-relatable, remixed and garnered a massive amount of attention. This year, the original cast has been brought together to show just where they are in the present — still friends and yet affected by the realities that the nation is facing. It ends with the guy in Iraq asking, “wassup, B?” To which ‘B’ replies, “Change. That’s what’s up.”
The Vet Who Didn’t Vet
Okay, so this isn’t much about Obama, but it shows, in Seuss-ian style how things could be bad-wrong. We could, of course, get lead by W. Bush, with lipstick on. There’s no limit for the creativity of these supporters, and if you get support from enthusiastic people like the makers of these videos, then you’re probably doing something right.
Okay, so that’s my list of top viral videos about Obama — will he win? Will there be change? Will all his campaign promises be true? We’ll have to decide over the weekend for who our candidates will be. Regardless of your candidate choice, it’s still an important civic duty to vote. Make it count.