In one of our previous classes, we talked about how societies are organized such that various things are perceived as real when they are really not. I believe one of the greatest examples of this is in politics. Many campaigns are designed to only reveal the lovable or admirable sides of a candidate while ignoring others. An example for this is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Although he had admirable speeches on his desire to improve California as governor, he used a lot of references to his career as a bodybuilder and an actor to gain appeal. He used his line from the terminator “I’ll be back” in many of the speeches I watched. He also has an entire video saying how Obama needs to “do something about those skinny legs”. Although quite humorous, these remarks do not highlight the qualifications that would make Arnold a good governor. It is just using his fame to cloud the judgement of voters. Now many will say he wasn’t that bad of a governor. But you know darn well the type of strategy his campaign team had in mind for the Terminator.
Here’s that video. It begins at 1:28. It is pretty funny if you haven’t seen it.