Strange but true: Rick Santorum channels Steve Jobs

“Arguably the most influential TV commercial ever is the minute-long ‘1984’ video that introduced the Macintosh computer during the third quarter of the Raiders-Redskins Superbowl on January 22, 1984,” James Fallows writes for The Atlantic. “On the remote chance that you haven’t seen it, it’s the second video embedded below.”

“Through the years that ad has spawned countless imitations, parodies, homages, and adaptations,” Fallows writes. “I do have to wonder what Steve Jobs would have thought if he had lived long enough to see the latest of them: the video below, which is Rick Santorum’s application of the 1984 motif in his campaign.”

Fallows writes, “The creator of Santorum’s recent ads is John Brabender, whom the Atlantic‘s own Joshua Green (now of Bloomberg BusinessWeek) profiled for us eight years ago. Ben Jacobs has a new story about him here.”

Apple’s “1984” TV ad:

Rick Santorum Campaign video:

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Santorum’s Campaign video seems more like Apple’s “Lemmings” TV spot than “1984.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ottawa Mark” for the heads up.]

90 Comments

    1. Republican, similar to Libertarians used to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal, yet pro government. Libertarians are fiscally nothing, anti government and socially liberal. Democrats are fiscally liberal, socially liberal and Big Government, a bit toned down socialists. Communists are fiscally conservative, socially conservative and big government.

      Republicans lately and maybe under Santorum and the host of other REPUB leaders today, are fiscally liberal (to their buddies), socially conservative, and edging towards fanatical, Santorum for sure… Hmmm what does that sound like? Not like Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, it seems. The video, pretty much describes the whole Republican lineup, except Ron Paul.

      Paul, really sounds refreshing. Wish he wasn’t so old. Too old… 🙁 But represents the nature our nation was founded on.

      1. You do realize that Jobs did not imagine ,direct or film the commercial don’t you? Steve paid for the damn thing. He ok’d the commercial. Geez! Be a little more accurate with your hero worshiping. Steve’s reputation has nothing to do with this commercial. If this commercial,and I love it, had never aired Steve’s reputation would be just as it is at this moment. Move on. Get a life. Buy some weekly AAPL calls. There’s still 2 days left and obscene amounts of money to be made!

    1. People vote their true economic interests = 4 more years of Obama. People vote to poke their noses into other peoples business = Rick Santorum. People vote to give every penny they ever hope to make to the rich = Mitt Romney. The choice is ours.

      1. People want to live in a police state: vote for either Democrat or Republican.

        The fact that totalitarian police state legislation are the only bills that get overwhelming bipartisan support is the most obvious indicator of just how corrupt and _bought_ the two major parties are by the wealthy and large corporations. U.S. government no longer represents the people.

  1. Guess they won’t be running mates then?

    I’m not a bipartisan jerk and prefer warm discourse to Rush and Glenn, but if I were an unwavering Democrat and a jerk it’d be too fun to cheer on the Republicans walking to their deaths before the Santorum pusher “saved” them. Just sayin’.

      1. Spare us you sycophantic twat. Beck is nutty as a fruitcake and a blubbering demagogue. Rush and Beck are prime examples of how broken US political discourse has become.

          1. His Shadow should thank you for making his point.

            Newsflash! this isn’t the fifties, the red scare is over. Despite GOP intentions to take worker wages & women’s rights back to the fifties, it isn’t trending so well.

            1. Where are you on Islam and Shiriah law, NON Truth. That’s the real creeping threat. Conservatives are only interested in freedom and government staying the hell out of our lives. You can go to hell. And you and HerShadow are the Lemming Commie Sycophants. And you make no point every time you type. Just pure garbage flowing off your disgusting fingers.

  2. I love how “moderate” is now a pejorative in the republican party.

    Also…could someone close to Santorum get me a recording of him saying, “Roger Roger”? I’ve been watching The Clone Wars with my son and he sounds just like the Battle Droids. It’s awesome.

      1. Islam, Christianity, Judaism – 6 of 1, half dozen of the other.

        Excerpt:
        http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/29/report-finds-mosques-flourishing-across-u-s/

        WASHINGTON — Mosques are taking root across the United States “at a tremendous rate,” but there’s no proof that radicalism is brewing among young Muslim Americans, a report published Wednesday says.

        The US Mosque Survey 2011 counted 2,106 mosques in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, up 74 percent from 2000 — the year before the September 11 attacks — when 1,209 mosques were counted.

        Some 192 mosques are in the greater New York City area, and 120 in southern California, but there are as many as 166 in Texas, 118 in Florida, and even two in Montana where fewer than one percent of the population is non-Christian.

        Let me guess: it’s Obama’s fault? all part of a conspiracy? Put your tinfoil hat back on.

  3. They ripped off 2 Apple Ads! 1984 and Lemmings! Meanwhile Santorum is just as bad as Romney Obamney in his ‘Big Brother’ ways. I’m voting for the best of the worst unless somebody better from any party anywhere shows up. Ron Paul 2012!

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