sunnuntaina, syyskuuta 10, 2006

Social Democrats have started election campaigning

Check this out. I guess the social democrats have decided that they need to do something to maintain their voters and have decided to start early. The movie targets audience starting from 3 years up - and features characters such as Tarja Halonen and Erkki Tuomioja as important good characters saving the village from an evil Caesar.

I find it gross and the movie maker definitely will not get any more money out of my pocket (he probably did get some, because practically all Finnish movies are tax funded).

7 kommenttia:

libertatisaequilibritas kirjoitti...

Viikon läppä

ecchan kirjoitti...

I don't think this country has seen any decent political satire since Iltalypsy. but on the other hand, most of the fun about the series seems to come through brilliant ideas like this:

Mikko Särelä kirjoitti...

Well, I must say that Itsevaltiaat is clearly social democratic propaganda and thus not in good taste to be broadcast in national broadcasting company.

Or do you think they would air (and pay for) Finnish libertarian political satire, if somebody was willing to create such stuff. I don't.

Itsevaltiaat is a classical example showing how the ruling parties use a national broadcasting system to propagate their image and their ideology. Another reason for us to dismantle YLE.

At the same time, I do think that the reaction from Kokoomusnuoret and Ville Itälä has been bordering on hilarious and sad. Probably the worst thing they can do is to start 'whining' about it. After all that's exactly what people will think it is, even if they do have a point.

J kirjoitti...

I know the company behind the series and the movies and they are good old fashioned capitalist animation studio, not politically driven.

And to see what you wrote above! It tells a lot about you. Or is it the wind thats moving your hands on the keyboard?

Mikko Särelä kirjoitti...

Of course it tells a lot about me. And you commenting it without producing any content tells a lot about you.

J kirjoitti...

Look, its you who makes unfounded claims such as "a classical example showing how the ruling parties use a national broadcasting system to propagate their image and their ideology".

Thats plain silly. Especially since you have nothing to base your claim upon.

Are you saying these guys are 'the ruling party'?

Lol you need to stop smoking that crack!

Mikko Särelä kirjoitti...

I don't know, if you've noticed, but I tend to write here of the things I've thought and comment on daily things that happen. I tend to write in a conversationist mode, so I might not be 110% precise in my choice of words.

I also rarely have time to go into details and explain exactly why I make generalizations (that might not make sense to you, but might to people who know my background). If I wanted to do that, I would be posting less than once a month.

In cases where one doesn't quite understand how the heck I claim something, it might be best to either ask me for details or explain why one disagrees.

In the YLE case, I do not claim that the studio making Itsevaltiaat is a ruling party. Instead, I claim that YLE which is ruled by the ruling parties _buys_ productions that further the agenda of those who rule YLE (social democrats mainly). If YLE did not buy Itsevaltiaat, it would probably not be produced and thus, I think my comment is warranted. [It is possible, of course, that one of the Finnish private tv-companies paid for the series, instead.]

My original claim had to do with YLE paying for the making of this kind of social democrat propaganda (you can make social democrat propaganda even if you never joined the party, or did it through a private company) and with YLE most probably not paying for making propaganda that was _against_ social democrats and their view of Finland.

As to why I would say that it is classical example, you may turn to public choice theory (wikipedia and Public Choice III by D. Mueller for starters) and more generally game theory and its predictions about behavior of people in relation to incentives.

A good primer in game theory would be A Primer in Game Theory by Robert Gibbons and if you're concerned about its validity to real world, you can continue with Behavioral Game Theory by F. Camerer and the Handbook of Experimental Economics by J. Kagel and A. Roth.