Since started writing this worthless blog, the first national election in Germany is taking place. Some might not have noticed, because anyone blinking will miss the event and its run-up. And, if you blink, you will miss the advertising, because it is permitted only for four weeks prior to the election. On top of that, all parties must receive equal time in the media, for which they must not pay. That means that one sees as much television advertising for a party that will receive less than one percent of the vote as one sees for Angie’s party, which will receive around 40 percent.
All advertising is boring and poorly constructed. Some is downright bad. Slogans on posters, which are plastered along streets (again, only for four weeks) are naive and often completely stupid. I even saw one demanding the “end of fascism”, which caused to wonder if these hopeful politicians are living in the same country in which the election is taking place. Smiling faces of, mostly, unattractive politicians are a blight on the landscape. At least, we must look at these ugly faces for only a short time...unless they win the election.
Of course, this is a refreshing alternative to the US election farce, which the world must endure, it seems, with no end.
If I knew how to do it, I would hibernate until the end of 2012.
Of course, I do not expect that much will be changed when I wake up, but I will avoid being exposed to the idiocy of US presidential campaigns. Already, over a year and a half away from the election date, only the deaf and blind can avoid the flash and roar, claims and counter-claims, and lies and bigger lies.
And, so on...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.