If you’ve ever wondered whether your Facebook account could prevent you from holding public office, this is your chance.
The PBS News Hour has launched a fun app that lets you create a political advertisement for yourself using information from your Facebook account.
You can make a standard campaign ad but really, the attack ads are a lot more fun. Here’s mine (you’ll have to log into this app with Facebook for it to work). After watching it, I don’t think I’d vote for me either!
The app is poking fun at the political process, but I think it’s trying to educate as well. It’s pointing out the rhetorical tricks (out of context news stories, self-incriminating quotes, etc.) that permeate political advertising of all kinds. A lot of these “tricks” are obvious, but some are more subtle. But when your name and face are attached to the arguments, you’ll notice them for sure.