Steven Johnson, the author of Emergence, (the book that inspired me to start thinking about Emergent Democracy) recently blogged about grassroots political ads created with desktop tools. He created a cool quicktime mock ad for the Clark campaign and later Sean created a version with music and voiceover. Steven created this with iPhoto and Keynote.

Very cool use of desktop technology and weblogs. I hope we see a lot more of this stuff. I particularly like the collaborative aspect. Steven, you should put a creative commons license on your ad. ;-)

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Check out the Switch commercials for Dean too.

It's more slick than the quicktime Clark ad, but it's also a volunteer effort put together by the Dean Media Team. The message that's up on their site now makes it sound like they have big things planned for facilitating collaboration on making more spots.

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