Friday, March 30, 2012

Negative Political Ads

the topic of my campaigns and elections class this week has been negative campaign advertising; its prevalence, and effects. as i was preparing I couldn't help but think back on some historic iconic negative ads, like these:

Johnson/Goldwater 1964 "Daisy Girl"


Bush/Dukakis 1988 "Revolving Door"


Santorum GOP 2012 Primary "Obamaville"


its almost tautological to call them negative political campaign ads; aren't all campaign ads essentially negative?

anyways, in preparing for class and reading up on the scholarship surrounding the topic of negative ad effects i was reminded that the data show negative ads, while certainly the norm, do not have the negative impact we would assume--voters still vote, trust government, and have feelings of efficacy, whether they are subject to the barrage of negative ads, or not.

SO KEEP 'UM COMING, washington. i love a good ominous music track, and can appreciate overt appeals to my underlying fears of murders, bombs and tumbleweeds.

ADDENDUM!! npr did a story on political science and negative ads 4 days after my post. CAN WE SAY SCOOPED! NPR just hire me, ya rascals. Here's their eerily similar story. jk re: scooped of course, but here it is none the less:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/04/04/149875138/do-negative-ads-make-a-difference-political-scientists-say-not-so-much?sc=tw&cc=share

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bowser Fetches: Progress

several weeks ago I posted this video of my littlest kitten, bowser, playing "fetch." well, that was kids' stuff. now he is a certified fetching kitty!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Publication Wordle

in preparation for an upcoming interview (in chicago, sorry west coast lovers), i decided to create a wordle using the titles of my publications, articles under review, and conference presentations, to get a nice visual of the research i do. i guess "political" things are interesting to me?