Monday, October 27, 2008

“A Game of Smoke And Mirrors…”

I found this video clip from MSNBC incredibly enlightening. The end quote- “A game of smoke and mirrors where reality isn’t always what it appears to be.”

Now, when you watch this video, imagine that the focus of the story is a popular political figure (pick whichever one you want… I have my own choice) and not mirrors in women’s dressing rooms tricking them into seeing something that isn’t real.

Enjoy.



UPDATE: Here's the transcript of the story, and then my creative interpretation:

News reporter ERIC WILKINSON:
In the world of women’s fashion, what you see isn’t always what you get.

SHOPPER:
It happens all the time.

REPORTER:
For some reason, those clothes that look so good in the store, don’t always look so good at home.

SHOPPER:
I mean it kinda makes me feel disappointed that I bought something that I thought really good about and I wasn’t able to wear it and spent money on something I wasn’t able to wear.

REPORTER:
The dirty little secret in female fashion is that some fitting rooms are more like a house of mirrors. Retailers have been known to stretch the truth taking you from thick to thin.

RETAILER:
So, it’s really very simple.

REPORTER:
Wendy Schwartz has worked in women’s fashions for twenty years. Her Seattle boutique, Fresh, does not use so-called skinny mirrors, but she says plenty of others do.

RETAILER:
A mirror tilted slightly forwards will make you look shorter and wider. A mirror that’s tilted towards the back makes you longer and leaner.

REPOTER:
Here’s the difference in a side-by-side comparison. With the mirror tilted back on the right, our model looks taller and thinner in those all important stomach and thigh areas. The difference may look slight to our camera, but it weighs in heavily for the woman in the mirror.

SHOPPER:
You feel frumpier and shorter and feeling better is always great.

REPORTER:
A game of smoke and mirrors where reality isn’t always what it appears to be.


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Now, here’s my creative interpretation of the news report:

News reporter ERIC WILKINSON:
In the world of presidential politics, what you see isn’t always what you get.

VOTER:
It happens all the time.

REPORTER:
For some reason, those politicians that look so good on the campaign trail, don’t always look so good in office.

VOTER:
I mean it kinda makes me feel disappointed that I voted for someone that I thought really good about and I learned later was completely opposite from how he was presented. I voted for someone that wasn’t real.

REPORTER:
The dirty little secret in politics is that some campaigns are more like a house of mirrors. The mainstream media has been known to stretch the truth taking a politician from liberal to mainstream.

FOX NEWS::
So, it’s really very simple.

REPORTER:
Fox News has covered campaigns for many years. Their NYC-based outlet does not use so-called smoke and mirrors, but they says plenty of others do.

FOX NEWS:
A story covered fairly will make a candidate appear exactly how he is, which is unacceptable to the majority of voter. A story that’s tilted a certain way makes the candidate look much more appealing.

REPOTER:
Here’s the difference in a side-by-side comparison. With the stories tilted into fantasy-land, the candidate looks normal and even interesting in those all important constitutional, freedom and liberty areas. The difference may look slight in the minds of the mainstream media, but it weighs in heavily for the people that have a brain and can discern fact from fiction.

SHEEP VOTER:
The horribly slanted news reporting about my candidate makes me feel good! He seems so cool and nice!

REPORTER:
A game of smoke and mirrors where reality isn’t always what it appears to be.








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