I read some hilarious things in the paper this morning with regard to the election. First off, everyone has seen the X92.9 advertisements all over Calgary declaring “Vote Dammit,” but the question (apparently!) is whether or not people understand that a third party has solicited these ads, not the government. Let me say that I can’t even believe this needs to be discussed…
Published: Monday, October 13, 2008
I’m not sure when billboards with cursing on them became acceptable and I’m disgusted and surprised that the Canadian government thinks it is. I have seen several of the “Just Vote Dammit” ads set up in and around the C-Train stations, visible not only to people who think it’s hip and cool to use foul language, but also to families, children and other people who would rather not be exposed to such tastelessness.
I know that ads must relate to their target group, which I’m assuming in this case is post-secondary students, but if all the ads relate to is our perceived collective immaturity, then I’m not sure why the government would expect us to make mature choices concerning whom we vote for. Respectable citizens will vote, and the government should encourage that in respectable ways.
Wow, it doesn’t take very many neurons firing to come to the realization that the mark in the middle of these ads is the X92.9 radio station’s logo. The whole campaign is actually brilliantly creative advertising. As for the profanity, we are subject to far more offensive advertising techniques every single day than a word that, in this day an age, barely classifies as a curse. How could someone resent one word, and yet succumb the daily barrage of blatant sex appeal and subliminal advertising? (The latter of which, by the sounds of it, is most advertising for people like Carla.) How about this for a billboard, Carla: “Try to be more discerning while you are awake for Christ’s sake. Use your fucking head.” People like this are perhaps the most pertinent argument against mandatory voting, and even the fundamentals of democracy. Anyways, I have proven my point…
Also today there was a voting question and answer section. I found that the following was also hilarious (in fact, I laughed out loud)…
Published: Sunday, October 12, 2008
Q: Are voters allowed to eat their ballot?
A: No. Eating a ballot, keeping it or destroying it is a serious breach of the Canada Elections Act.
Haha… such brilliant comic relief. It turns out, however, that this is a serious problem, and that there actually is some sort of “ballot eating” protest that’s purpose is to show one’s disgust for the electoral process. Since such is the case, this question is actually answered FIRST on the Elections Canada FAQ. Learn more here… http://edibleballot.tao.ca/
In closing, rather than eating your ballot, why not vote ABC (Anything But Conservative)? It’s the newest way to say “fuck you” to the Conservative party in Calgary. Sure, they might win every riding, but at least you can get out there and try to shake things up a little bit, and feel better about it in the end.