UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: September 7, 300 AP.
New Advertisements plague Utania
A spate of political advertisements have taken over the television sets of the Utanian
people. They now make up 20% of the evening TV ads, from nine different parties, all in
response to the announcement of the final Utanian election day: September 30.
The Conservative Party, eagar to reverse the losses in last Monday's Zeitgeist poll,
have flooded Utanian television screens with almost one ad' every fifteen minutes at an
estimated cost of over ChC 40,000 per hour. Three of theirs are provided below with the key
slogan "The only party for a better future".
The Peoples Party were second off the blocks: "A golden future, but for everyone" is
their slogan, in an advertisement aiming to catch the eye of those keen for a better life. It
parades a selection of the better hotels or other palaces in Utania, from file news footage,
then intersperses with shots of the bitter poverty of some Utanians.
However, marketing guru's are quick to congratulate the Democrats who, now realising
that the election is on, are powering forward with their campaign: "The Party for
Progress/People". Simple, easy to remember, and with the images of a Kanharan community
erecting a new village hall with Uta-Decashi assistance, the message is clear: Utanians
helping Utanians. It is inclusive. It is simple. It has won accolades.
Finally an advertisement from the Utani-Saedaj Party is using imagery of the Utani
people, and their way of life to tell Utani that "the only way to protect this is to vote
for us". It will be very successful on the older generation, who, ironically, have already
transferred their vote to their tribal chief anyway. Translated it says: For the Utani way of
life; For the Utani children; Vote Utani-Sædaj.
In OTHER words, I've created a vast number of mock political advertisements, that are
actually animated GIFs.
©UPA, 300 AP.
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