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Saturday, June 12, 2004  

The Impact Fahrenheit 9/11 Will (or won't) Have

Some say the film Fahrenheit 9/11 may have a slight impact on the voters, come November. Others (like my dad...who likes Moore's films) believe that the documentary will not have much of an impact because only liberals (who will vote against Bush) will go to see it. Seems like I'm the one with all the faith. I think this documentary is going to capture some of America's MANY MANY swing voters and younger generation voters (and my optimism has blinded me to think that even some Republicans will be moved by the film). Some more opinions on the film's impact:

"Feeling motivated, to the extent you make that extra effort to vote on your way home from work - that matters," said Thomas Hollihan, a communications professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication...

And on young voters and how to 'get em':

"A main target of the film is younger voters, who tend to turn out in low numbers. Studies have shown that younger voters increasingly get election information from non-traditional campaign media, such as late-night television comedy shows and the Internet...

"For younger people, who may or may not be all that interested in politics, these entertainment formats are a key way to bring them into the political discussion," said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at Mary Washington College in Virginia."

Check out the Fahrenheit 9/11 trailer -- it's good stuff. And one scene in the trailer features Representative John Conyers (Michigan) telling Moore that Congresspeople don't READ bills that are introduced and passed. Conyers rocks -- in this past year working at AMSA, I got to talk to him one-on-one several times, and though he rambles a lot as he's getting older, he still tells it like it is.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 6/12/2004 11:23:00 PM | |


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