99% Invisible: Episode 63 - The Political Stage →

The Seven Secrets of Political Theater

99percentinvisible:

On this special edition of 99% Invisible, we joined forces with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC to investigate all the thought that goes into the most miniscule details of a political campaign.

Secret 01: Politicians are brands.

Secret 02: Every campaign has a team of people to reinforce that brand. These are the advance people who show up and stage events with objects (eg., hay bales, backdrops, specific locations, etc.).

Secret 03: Advance teams for both parties run campaigns the same way, with the same considerations.

Secret 04: Every campaign sends out “spies”, or trackers, to follow the other campaign. Bonus half secret: campaigns often become friends with the trackers from the opposing campaign.

Secret 05: Everything is staged. Nothing is extemporaneous. Even the debates. It’s all theater.

Secret 06: No matter how carefully advance teams prepare, things are bound to go wrong. Consider this Murphy’s Law as applied to politics.

Secret 07: Everyone traveling with the campaigns, the advance teams, the candidates and the reporters, hate the music.

Runtime: ~17 minutes. Learn more about 99% Invisible.

(Source: 99percentinvisible)

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