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$$$ and what they spending it on

Now THIS is taking a meme to the next level (it’s really not as silly as the title might suggest)!

This project by a couple of Berlin artists, supported by the Swiss newspaper of record, will satisfy your cravings for delicious dataviz and well-sourced burgers & fries all at the same time.


Look Who’s Talking. Lena Dunham, Madonna, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Portman, Stacey Dash, Robert DeNiro, Katy Perry and Jon Voight are among the celebrities vocalizing support for their favorite candidate this campaign. And all of them contributed zero dollars towards the 2012 Presidential election. [more]

This is pretty depressing but not at all unusual of big Hwood talent and the causes they support. And, given how much money has been spent in this election, I’m more open to boots-on-the-ground activism as a stand-in for cash than I might normally be….

Subtle data mining has helped the Obama campaign learn that their supporters often eat at Red Lobster, shop at Burlington Coat Factory and listen to smooth jazz. Romney backers are more likely to drink Samuel Adams beer, eat at Olive Garden and watch college football.

Charles Duhigg of the New York Times on how the campaigns are using detailed personal information to target voters raising privacy concerns in the process.  (via ageofperil)

Consumer brands don’t tend to get free PR opportunities like candidates do (i.e. the Presidential Debates), but in other ways the line between political campaigning and commercial consumer marketing is quickly fading.

(Though, if you read Jill Lepore’s New Yorker piece about the origin of political consulting, you might be persuaded that in the era of modern advertising no such line ever existed.)

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