Political Footballs

In the midst of the entertainment, cars, food, and sex in the social-media atmosphere emanating from the Super Bowl, I’ve been struck by the serious political discussions. Whether on the periphery of, from the heart of, or unrelated to the Super Bowl campaigns, there’s definitely something in the air reeking of politics. Why? The presidential election? The impact of social media in the Middle East’s “Arab Spring”? The ease with which we can anonymously vent our political views?

Clint Eastwood’s plug for Detroit and serious commentary regarding the future direction of this country—via a Chrysler ad on “Halftime in America”—drew praise and heat from all sides of the political spectrum.

The Susan G. Komen political flap, while not related to a Super Bowl ad, demonstrates a football-worthy fumble of political flip-flopping and backpedaling—all fueled by the speed of social media.

Toyota apologized for spamming us with Twitter feeds about their Super Bowl ad, but this was innocuous compared to the hateful homophobic tweets about the gay-positive ad.

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2 Responses to Political Footballs

  1. shavely says:

    They all raise interesting questions about social media, its uses, and what happens after they’re employed. Henry Kissinger last night on Charlie Rose talked about the Arab Spring and how it’s perceived differently among world nations; that it’s simply not ‘good’ or ‘bad’; Science Times talked about the Komen Foundation and what screening does and does not do for breast cancer detection and how that impacts cancer research and monies that fund it; and Detroit is gaga over Eastwood for maybe reasons that have nothing to do what America really needs to get back on its feet not to ask whether the American economy is really a Superbowl anyway?

  2. JTB says:

    Hi Beth: Jim from Outsports.com. I want to write something about the homophobic tweets to the Toyota Camry ads but can’t seem to find any (not sure what search terms to use on Twitter). Would appreciate any help and would credit this blog. Please email me:

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