BOKE / [BOKE INDEX] / ACS (2004)
WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS A POSTMODERN RHETORICAL WORK OF ART BY BOKE

BOKE: american candidate (SHOWTIME)


The MOST RECENT UPDATE (15 SEPTEMBER 2004) of BOKE's LATEST RHETORICAL ADVENTURE ...

BOKE's American Candidate Rhetorical Power Wheels

BOKE : american candidate META ENTRANCE
BOKE : american candidate SITE INDEX

BOKE : [GLOBAL]
american candidate
["UN"] CANDIDATE
 (SHOWTIME) 

"Everyone in the world should get to vote for president of the United States.
We are all affected by his decisions."
A woman from Guyana to Amy Goodman
whom Goodman never identifies by name. Perhaps because the woman is not an
upper middle class American (UMCA) whose name matters, of course.
{smile}

NOTE: I e-mailed Ms. Goodman to ask what the woman's name was. No reply. Hi, Amy.

no boundaries. NO BULLSHIT!

BOKE's OFFICIAL  (SHOWTIME)  american candidate PAGE
NOTE: OFFICIAL PAGE IS AN ARCHIVE COPY / THE ORIGINAL WAS DELETED 7/15/04
ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE NOT A "CAST MEMBER." (MORE ON THIS ISSUE LATER)

goocan : Googling american candidate BOKE
INTRODUCING THE RHETORICALLY INCOMPETENT BABIES (RIBs)
(I.E., CUTLER'S & SHOWTIME'S ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, SAME-OL' SHIT, CLOSED-PROCESS SELECTEES)

THE CAST NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Do not refer to these casting choices as "finalists" or as having "made the cut." These are casting choices. Do I repeat myself. {smile} (MORE ELSEWHERE) In a hurry for "casting commentary" for American Candidate? SEE: the amcan sham blog. Hmmm ... I hear there's some singing going on over there, too. {smile} Insightful prose and singing. Can't beat that with a stick, now can ya? {grin} Wonder who's singing over there? Can't imagine. BUT one thing's for sure... It's none of the Rhetorically Incompetent Babies below... And certainly not Vanech ... That boy can't sing his way out of a ping-pong ball. Hi, Bob.

1. PETA-BREAD Bruce Friedrich, 2. WHIMPY-WICKED Bob Vanech,

3. WILD-EYED Joyce Riley, 4. TOOT-POOT Keith Boykin,

5. WUSSY-CHEATER Richard Mack, 6. MIDNIGHT-SNEAKER Lisa Witter,

7. POWER-PASS Chrissy Gephardt, 8.WHOZE-YOU? Malia Lazu,

9. IN-THE-DARK Park Gillespie, 10. SMART-AS-A-ROCK Jim Strock

HAIKU COMMERCIAL FOR: "The Villain" {smile}
"THE WORLD IS WATCHING ...

WE'RE LISTENING."

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING MINI-MAP OF THIS SITE "POP-OPENS" NEW WINDOWS
BOKE/ACS : BAP COMMENTARY FRESH LINKS
PROMO #1
PROMO #2
THE 416+ BS! BOKE's VERSE NEWS_BRIEFS DESODO
Googling BOKE's american candidate CANDIDACY 
(OLD/EARLIEST) SHOWTIME AMERICAN CANDIDATE INFO/UPDATES

[?] BOKE's PARTICIPATION ON TV IS UP TO THE POWERS THAT BE : 
THE REST OF THE GAME'S UP TO the powers that tea ... {smile}

THE PLAYERS: THE PAST VS the future ...

American Candidate Message Board/Forum Don't pay attention to me. I just escaped from an invisible dungeon. Mum's the word.
If you venture there, look for clues from BOKE, The_Rhetorician, Federal_Prosecutor, POTROD,
Private_Eye, Roving_Journalist... who have all "retired" with 101 messages left behind.
They will help you SEE the way to ... Well, as I said, mum's the word. Later.

Um .. Oh yeah. I've heard there is a new rhetorical agent. Who? Yeah, mum's the word. {smile}

MESSAGE DISCIPLINE = SIGNAL STRENGTH
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO
PUT YOUR VOICE HERE?
RHETORICAL VERSE (VERIFIED SONNETS)
2ND SONNET TO candidate-zero
1ST SONNET TO candidate-zero
A.I. SOFTWARE-VERIFY YOUR OWN SHAKESPEAREAN FORM
SONNET HERE.
THEN EMAIL TO candidate-zero @ BOKE. COM


PERFECT BALANCE



American Candidate Applicadtion BOKE's COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE
for american candidate (SHOWTIME)
APPLICATION
[ANNOTATED/DEMOCRATIC]

(LAST UPDATE ON 26 FEBRUARY 2004)
[*] APPLICATION W/VIDEO MAILED 4/9
CONTACT:
candidate-zero@boke.com
CONSTRAIN EMAILS TO RHETORICAL VERSE FORM :
HAIKUS, LIMERICKS, OR SHAKESPEAREAN SONNETS
(NO "EXEMPTION FOR MEDIA" {smile/no joke}
ONLY IF YOU TRY IT, WILL YOU SEE "WHY."

NOTE: FOR PHONE INTERVIEW, SONNET WILL
BE REQUIRED RE "ANGLE"/FRAME. No except.)

MONKEY-BOT HELP WRITING RHETORICAL SONNETS?


RHETORICAL QUESTION: If Cicero were alive today ... in which city would you most likey find him (if he liked the beach) {smile}

[NOTE: 9/9/05 MEETUP.COM
deletes American Candidate
groups and forums -- Meetup links
no longer resolve ...]

find out more at americancandidate.meetup.com
OUTSIDE USA? meetup.com INTERNATIONAL CITIES

BOKE's american candidate Meetup NOTEBOOK

CHINA_BOKE's american candidate meetup notebook

Santa Monica american candidate Meetup FORUM

COMPARE Santa Monica FORUM TO THE TOP 20

BOKE/American Candidate Meetup.com membership statistics BOKE / AMERICAN CANDIDATE
MEETUP MEMBERSHIP DATA

Bob Vaneck's May 17 Skullduggery WICKED BOB VANECH's
MAY 17 AMERICAN CANDIDATE
MEETUP SKULLDUGGERY PLOT

BOKE/American Candidate Meetup.com membership statistics THINK THE WHIMPY-WICKED VILLAIN
REALLY BELIEVES IN FREE SPEECH?
READ: THE MIDNIGHT DESODO NEWS

{smile}

Orator Gymnasium MYSTERY (???) BUTTON


FOOTNOTE: The Reason "American Candidate"
"strategic partnered" with MEETUP.COM -- I.E.,
The Trippi-Dean Surprise / Nose-dive / Revise?

THIS ACT BEGAN 19 JUNE 2004 ... and is now in medias res.
AND NOW ... ACT III :
american candidate
"without sin, no
REDEMPTION"
{BOKE-smile}

Let us not forget the Lightship Frying Pan ... which sank
while sitting at the dock ... but yet was resurrected.

El renacimiento de la democracia se levanta.... y
... amenaza a Candidato Americano... de resurrección.

INTERACTIVE BABELFISH TRANSLATION


TIME FOR (154) RHETORICAL SONNETS ... BEFORE [?]

26 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 148-154
(FINAL 7 sonnets of 154) THE ARTIST AT THE END OF THE GOAD {smile} [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

25 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 141-147
EDUCATION, i.e., There's got to be a pony in here somewhere! {smile} [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

24 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 134-140
What's the Question? [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

23 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 127-133
on the long-suffering occasion {smile} of American Candidate EPISODE 4 [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

22 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 120-126
Honey, Where's the damned Vote-By-Remote?
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

21 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 113-119
RED, BLUE, and WHITE ... um, BLACK {smile}
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

20 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 105-112
without a title ... but with a picture {smile}
[8 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

19 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 98-104
Without IMAGINATION ... "FREEDOM" is Bullshit
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

18 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 91-97
Unless ye become like little children ... or BUNNIES! {smile}
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

17 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 84-90
With Regards To [what purports to be] Candidate JIM STROCK's Summation on the American Candidate message board [where it can't be Googled] [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

16 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 74-83
(10 staggeringly pedestrian sonnets) On the Occasion of AMERICAN CANDIDATE -- episode 3
[10 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

15 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 67-73
MEANWHILE IN ATHENS ... {smile}
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

14 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 63-66
ON THE RADIO / Good Lord, Montel, Don't Outright Lie
[4 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

13 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 56-62
REVOLT-BY-REMOTE ... For Real
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

12 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 49-55
American Candidate - The [semi-cliched] Science Fiction Version (of REDEMPTION?) [7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

11 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 42-48
A Transient Failure of Optimism [INTERMISSION OF THE REAL]
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

10 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 35-41
A SIMULATION of what BOKE might have said ON TERRORISM
at the rally in Keene
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

9 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 28-34
On "American Candidate" - Episode #2
[7 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

8 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 25-27
The Harvard Boylston Chair Of RHETORIC and ORATORY Ought To Be What It Was Endowed To Be (THEN ... we wouldn't be in Iraq ... and "American Candidate" would be good) {serious smile}
A/K/A Teach Your Children Well ... Not To Eat Bullshit

[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

7 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 22-24
CONTEXT / Hyper-SOCIAL Hollywood REALITY
[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

6 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 19-21
How Wicked Bob Vanech SOCIAL-IZED POLITICS (at Meetup)
[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

5 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 16-18
WHAT IF MEETUP MATTERED? What American Candidate Could Have Been [VERSION 2] [3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

4 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 10-15
WHAT AMERICAN CANDIDATE COULD HAVE BEEN [VERSION 1]
[6 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

3 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 7-9
WHAT YOU DIDN'T SEE in American Candidate EPISODE #1
[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

2 AUGUST 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 4-6
3 sonnets regarding a 20-MINUTE ADDRESS to the nation
[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

31 JULY 2004: American Candidate AmCan Sham Sonnets [ACS] 1-3
Sonnetizing the AmCan Sham CASE (PREAMBLE)
[3 SHAKESPEAREAN FORM SONNETS and ONE HAIKU]

More singing on the road to the redemption of American Candidate? Or just more singing? {smile}

18 JULY 2004
SIN/ADMISSION? {smile} Saintly Lyricist marches in yet again to sing about TCA ... to the obvious melody (RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF SONG RE-WRITE)

16 JULY 2004
SIN/DEBATE/VOTE Lyricist strolls slowly toward the IDEA of an International AmCan DEBATE SHOWDOWN ... singing to the tune of "My Country Tis of Thee (RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF SONG RE-WRITE)

15 JULY 2004
SIN/REDEMPTION?: Lyricist promenades through like Donald Trump on a good hair day ... singing about THE (missing) BEEF ... to the tune of "Hail to the Chief" {smile} (RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF SONG RE-WRITE)

13 JULY 2004
SIN/THE HIVE? {g} Lyricist rides through on a bicycle to sing elliptically to the tune of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from "Butch Cassidy and ... SPIDER-MAN 2" ... (about old-school networking ... and BEES) {smile} (RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF SONG RE-WRITE)

10 JULY 2004
SIN/RECAP: Lyricist sings of "SUPPORT ME!" BULLSHIT Buttons ... to the tune of "Yankee Doodle" at "American Candidate : The AmCan Sham blog" (REMINDER: AN EXAMPLE OF RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF SONG RE-WRITE)

9 JULY 2004
No ... Transcendence ... without IMAGINATION.

(MORE ON THIS SOON)

NEW "DOMAIN CROSSING" APPEARS:
IOWA ELECTRONIC MARKETS - POLITICAL CANDIDATES & GOOGLE IPO

7 JULY 2004 - TIMELY REMINDER {smile}:
No Redemption ... without ADMISSION.

NOTE: 21 JULY - TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION / SHOWTIME'S SLOT -
WHAT WILL THEIR "STORY" BE? WILL BOKE BE THERE? BOKE's QUESTIONS? {smile}

5 JULY 2004
MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM/GENRE TRANSITION POINT

WITHIN THE 12 DAYS LEADING UP TO (AND) ... THE 4TH OF JULY -
No Redemption ... without ... SINGING!

4 JULY 2004

BOKE (in the guise of the Lyricist) visits
american candidate: THE amcan sham BLOG ... and rewrites selections from the Broadway musical Evita
... weaving together the themes of our postmodern
rhetorical adventure

AmCan SHAM : The Musical
[RHETORICAL VERSE IN THE FORM OF RE-WRITING LYRICS OF SONGS]

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {1} (The Announcement)
22 JUNE 2004 - [by Veritas] - American Candidate SHOWTIME - Start Spreading the News (ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MUSICAL INTERLUDE)

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {2}
23 JUNE 2004 - [by Lyricist] - AmCan Sham, The Musical! - The Lyricist's Song for the Angels (who are deciding whether to invest ... more) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "OH WHAT A CIRCUS"

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {3}
25 JUNE 2004 [by Veritas] - American Candidate Showtime: Veritas Enters Left (sings ... then exits mysteriously ... until July 5th) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "OH WHAT A CIRCUS" (from the bridge: "Sing You Fools!")

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {4}
28 JUNE 2004 [by Lyricist] - The Lyricist Sings of the much less than "one thousand" (applicants) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "ON THIS NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS")

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {5}
29 JUNE 2004 [by Lyricist] - Waiting for the chickens to cross hit the road, Lyricist sings of "El candidato de la gente" (Argentina's Reality TV Political Experiment) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "WHAT'S NEW BUENOS AIRES"

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {6}
30 JUNE 2004 [by Lyricist] - The Lyricist stares REALITY in the face ... and lazily rewrites THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE to fit the mood SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE" (Duh!) {smile}

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {7}
1 JULY 2004 [by Lyricist] - The Lyricist Sings a Duet with a Showtime Exec ... (With a Happy Ending?) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "I'D BE GOOD FOR YOU"

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {8}
2 JULY 2004 [by Lyricist] - Following a line of rhetorical exploration that Cicero would have kept to himself -- Lyricist sails higher into the general tensions of our story SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "PERON'S LATEST FLAME"

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {9}
3 JULY 2004 [by Lyricist] - The Lyricist sings of lost Google rank ... and the meaning of everything SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA"

AMCAN SHAM: THE MUSICAL {10}
4 JULY 2004 [by Lyricist] - As is the case with many television series, the Lyricist sings one song too many ... (as he exits) SUNG TO THE MELODY OF EVITA'S "WALTZ FOR EVA AND CHE" AFTER-NOTE: MUCH BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS WHEN I [RE]WROTE IT {smile/no joke}

THE END (of AmCan SHAM : the Musical)
(BUT FEAR NOT -- "THE REDEMPTION" HAS JUST BEGUN {smile})

7/3/04 BOKE NOTE: The Google-bots have "informed" me that I am spending so much time on the NEWS BRIEFS page that I am neglecting this -- the main project -- page. {smile} Such is the nature of rhetorical projects that attention is applied as needed to guide trajectories. Of course "rhetoric" is very much about "the practical." I.E., it is now necessary to add a few comments about the shifts that come with the ending of the filming phase of the "American Candidate" series. {smile} At this moment, however, I need to rush back over to NEWS BRIEFS and add a note or two... because whatever Google thinks about it, that is the site hot spot. Oh, yeah. Google knows that. LATER.



"sin"
{smile}


candidat américain candidato americano

FAIR WARNING: ALL BULLSHIT WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION ... FOREVER.

PHOTO: Fierce BOKE
BOKE SEES A PROBLEM (OR TWO) {smile} ... AND A BETTER PATH (GIVEN THE PROBABILITIES)








"They just don't have a clue
what presidents do,"
SAYS  BOKE  SURVEYING RJ Cutler's
rhetorically incompetent process.


IMAGE:American Candidate - Apply and Prove You have What it Takes
[THE FOLLOWING LINES ARE A BLENDING OF THE IDEAS OF BOKE WITH ROLF JENSEN'S IN HIS THE DREAM SOCIETY ]

IF LINCOLN WAS A MASTER OF RHETORIC IN THE AGE OF ORATORY...

AND FDR WAS A MASTER OF RHETORIC IN THE AGE OF RADIO ...

AND JFK AND REAGAN WERE MASTERS OF RHETORIC IN THE AGE OF TV ...

WHO WILL BE THE MASTER OF RHETORIC IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET?

COULD A GAME/SIMULATION BE DESIGNED TO ANSWER THAT?


WHAT QUESTION DOES RJ THINK HE'S ANSWERING?

WHY IS IT THAT THE INTERACTIVE COMPONENT OF AMERICAN CANDIDATE
LACKED (AND STILL LACKS) THE MINIMUM OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND
ONGOING ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSE TO THE NEEDS OF THE SPACE?

ARE THEY CAPABLE OF DESIGNING A GAME THAT DOES NOT
REWARD EXACTLY THE SAME KIND OF PATTERN-DUPLICATING
"POWER SKILLS" (AT A LOWER WATTAGE) THAT RUN THE WORLD
ALREADY ...
INTO THE GROUND?
CUT THE CRAP, CUTLER.
DON'T YOU DARE CALL THIS PLAY-TOY VERSION OF THE SAME OL' SHIT
"A REVOLUTION." THAT'S BULLSHIT!
THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE CHOKING ON RIGHT NOW IN AMERICA.
YOU WOULD GIVE US MORE?

"OVER MY DEAD BODY...." AFTER I'VE EATEN EVERY ONE OF
YOUR "RHETORICALLY INCOMPETENT BABIES" FOR BREAKFAST.
{smile}


RHETORICAL QUESTION: Cutler hired experts in grassroots
political organizing
to scout for potential "American Candidates."
WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU ABOUT CUTLER'S CONCEPTION OF
WHAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT?
DOES THE 1ST "PRE-KEENE"
CHALLENGE (LIMITED TIME/LARGE TURNOUT) FIT THIS FRAME?
WHAT DOES THE FIRST CHALLENGE GUARANTEE?
>>>IS THE
ACTIVIST/ORGANIZER ARCHETYPE/MODEL ...
A GOOD FIT FOR PRESIDENT?
WHY? WHY NOT? ...
DOES IT FIT "THE FUTURE?" WHO SAYS? ... WHY? ... WHAT DO
THEY BELIEVE? WHAT DO THEY WISH?
ARE THEY JUST WRONG?
DOES CUTLER THINK HE'S LOOKING FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING?
CESAR CHAVEZ?
GREAT MEN ... BUT WHAT TIME WARP IS
CUTLER SEEING THROUGH? ... OBVIOUSLY, THE PAST.

CUTLER SEEKS THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE OFTHE PAST.
A DOCUMENTARIAN FILMS THE PRESENT IN FRAMES FROM THE PAST.
THAT IS WHAT CUTLER IS DOING WITH AMERICAN CANDIDATE
... NATURALLY.
THERE IS NO REASON TO ASSUME CUTLER CAN IMAGINE THE FUTURE.
CULTER'S SELECTION PROCESS BEGAN WITH THE PAST.

THE FUTURE HAS BEEN SHUT OUT OF HIS TV GAME.
AH... BUT TV -- AS IT IS -- IS THE PAST.
WHERE IS THE FUTURE?
{smile}

P.S. WHAT CAN POOR RJ DO NOW? RENAME THE SHOW "CHRISSY"
AND DO WHAT HE KNOWS HOW TO DO.

BUT CUT OUT THIS
"AMERICAN CANDIDATE" BULLSHIT !

THAT IS COMPLETELY BEYOND CUTLER'S ABILITY.
HE CAN'T DESIGN THE GAME FOR THAT.
THE FUTURE IS NOT IN HIS GRASP.
AMEN.
(I.E., RJ, ADMIT IT, OR BOKE WILL MAKE YOU EAT IT... FOREVER. I BULLSHIT YOU NOT!)

MEANWHILE ... What ever happened to
that Showtime co-founder's idea for
THE DEMOCRACY CHANNEL?
(Let's start from THERE.)



AMERICAN CANDIDATE "FINALISTS"

JUNE 7-13: CANDIDATES (SLOW) REVELATION DAY(S)

(1) PETA ACTIVIST (SON OF A RUTGERS DEAN) BRUCE FRIEDRICH
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER SONJA BARISIC - ARTICLE
PRESS RELEASE (BOKE NOTE: AN UNSURPRISING CHOICE YOU'D EXPECT FROM
THE UNIMAGINATIVE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS MAFIA: ONE OF THEIR OWN.)

COMPETED (*) IN KEENE

SCREENSHOT FROM 3/18/04 (until BOKE got it removed)
OF "THE CANDIDATES" PAGE ON americancandidate.com

(PARTIALLY BLURRED FOR COPYRIGHT) IMAGE FROM SHOWTIME'S AMERICAN CANDIDATE SITE
(2)
#2 IS THE RICH & WHIMPY-WICKED MONEY-TALKS WALLET-FLAPPER ...
RHETORICALLY INCOMPETENT BABY BOB VANECH

WHO IMPOTENTLY SCREAMED FOR HIS LAWYERS TO PROTECT HIM FROM BOKE

COMPETED (*) IN KEENE - VOTE (IN 603): 877 RUN 9122

(3) Joyce Riley
Going on to NH (not eliminated 6/8) COMPETED (*) IN KEENE

(4) Keith Boykin (Boykin's Harvard-addled, fuzzy-brained, limp-tongued AmCan page)
IS A RHETORICALLY INCOMPETENT BABY WITHOUT WIT, STYLE OR COURAGE. Too fearful
of BOKE's rhetorical power to debate him at Oxford, Boykin erased BOKE's CHALLENGE from his blog. {smile}

Although BOKE is a heterosexual white guy, BOKE's spirit is an order of magnitude more authentically gay
-- and black -- than rhetorically incompetent baby Keith Boykin (a/k/a Privileged Poop-Head) will ever be.
COMPETED (*) IN KEENE

(5) Richard Mack BOKE NOTE: LET'S SEE ... MACK GOT
TO KEEP RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR UNTIL HE WAS PICKED AS
AN AMERICAN CANDIDATE FINALIST. THEN HE COMPETES FOR THE
LARGEST RALLY. A RHETORICAL QUESTION: HOW MANY WAYS IS
THIS TOTAL BULLSHIT? (IS RJ REALLY THIS BIG A BOZO? GOOD LORD!)

COMPETED (*) IN KEENE - VOTE (IN 603) 877-RUN-9121

BOKE NOTE: WHAT CAN I SAY? WELCOME TO BULLSHIT CITY. GUESS WHO
PLAYS THE SHERIFF IN THIS STORY? {smile} NOT MACK.

(6) Lisa Witter Her AmCan Page LISA on to Keene
COMPETED (*) KEENE

(7) Chrissy (F-ing!) Gephardt (Daughter of Power)
Her Privileged AmCan Page
DIDN'T HAVE TO COMPETE IN KEENE (WAVED THROUGH)

(8) Malia Lazu Malia's American Candidate Page (9 JUNE)
COMPETED (*) KEENE

(9) Park Gillespie Park's Official AmCan page
Unconfirmed report of his participation in Tuesdays elimination
by (they say) "one of his students" {smile} (posted on AmCan message board

COMPETED (*) IN KEENE

(10) Jim Strock
COMPETED (*) IN KEENE

NOTE: (*) THIS SEEMS TO BE ALL THE CANDIDATES ...
IT APPEARS ALL WENT TO KEENE
(Except for Chrissy Gephardt who didn't have to compete "in this phase"))
... Was anyone elminated Tuesday 6/8?
AND if there were ... is the secret being kept .. by keeping ALL the
candidates participating until the end of the filming. PROBABLY.


NOW ...
REMEMBER THE american candidate PROMO?


19 SEC


Fresh ideas
wanted:

20 SEC



21 SEC

... must prove
to be better
than the
current
crop.

23 SEC


"Fresh ideas wanted ... Must prove to be better than the current crop."

Was there a single candidate selected for their "fresh ideas"?

OR WAS THIS just BULLSHIT?
american candidate BULLSHIT!


BOKE AMERICANCANDIDATE PROBABILITIES:

7 JUNE 2004
NEW DATA FROM KEENE SUGGESTS ... much more instability than
previously programmed for. NOTE: Lower project budget for AmCAn
than we thought. (Producers unwilling to pay $12,000 for primary
KEENE location. Chaos in site choice.) FEWER CANDIDATES?
Stay tuned.

4 JUNE 2004
"WHICH two 'candidates' will the people of KEENE send home
after the big rally in their town on JUNE 12?"


(tyler's COMPLEXITY EQUATIONS PREDICT THIS IS THE MOST PROBABLE SCENARIO [MPC]
... GIVEN THE GIVENS. WARNING: SOME CANDIDATES MAY TRY TO EXPLOIT UNFAIR
ADVANTAGES. PROCESS CODE COUNTERMEASURES [PCC] NECESSARY!
)

ACT II: The Prophet of [the Revival of] Democracy

4 JUNE 2004 - updated schedule (American Candidate/Episode 1)
(1) 5-12 JUNE - KEENE, NH (unofficial schedule)

SAT-SUN (5-6) FLY IN/ GET READY

MON-FRI (7-11) "One on one" RETAIL CAMPAIGNING
("Hi, I'm Joe Blow, and I'm running for President.
I need your support. Come to the big rally on Saturday!")

SAT (12) THE BIG RALLY (DOWNTOWN KEENE)

BOKE NOTE: This will be kinks week for the American Candidate team
and the participants ... I.E., This first location needs extra days for "kinks".
AND the folks in KEENE will get to throw someone(s) off the island. {smile}
IT IS PROBABLE that the two least popular "candidates" will be dropped.

3 JUNE 2004

ESTIMATED ANNOUNCEMENT OF "THE 12" FINALISTS - JUNE 6 (D-DAY)
31 MAY 2004

"We seek out lies and bullshit..."

The mission does not change ...


A. "The revolution WILL be televised" (?)
OR
B. "The CLUELESSNESS shall be concretized" (?)

POLL: GIVEN BOKE {smile}, which do you think is more likely: (A) or (B)?
If you do not know what a master of rhetoric can do... stay tuned. And weep for the
"victims." {grin} Poor RJ, he was once so respected... Poor Showtime ... The prophet
stands and stretches ... What lesson in RHETORIC shall he teach first? ... If only they had
a strategic rhetorical consultant ... they might be saved. The future would be theirs...

30 MAY 2004
"AMERICAN CANDIDATE" LOCATION (FILMING) SCHEDULE (approx.)

(1) 5-12 JUNE - KEENE, NH

(2) 13-18 JUNE - ALLENTOWN, PA

BOKE NOTE: "The residents of Allentown will play a critical role in selecting
who moves forward,'' Cutler said, although he wouldn't elaborate.

(3) 20 JUNE - University of Virginia (Sunday EVENT)

27 MAY 2004
A SCROLLABLE LIST OF ALL ...

416+ American Candidate{s}

25 MAY 2004

If you're one of the
416 American Candidate{s}
and want an unmoderated
space to exchange info
and/or plot revenge
{smile} CONSIDER ...
A THOUGHT/DESIGN EXPERIMENT ...
Subscribe to americancandidates
Powered by tv.groups.yahoo.com

... WITHOUT FORCE OR TRAJECTORY

23 MAY 2004 (SUNDAY LOS ANGELES TIMES)
BOKE's FIRST PRESS MENTION:

"One, an artist known as Boke ..."

17 MAY 2004

"THE LAST ..." MEETUP:
    "The [interactive event] pilot stayed home."

16 MAY 2004 (The Day Before "The Last" MEETUP Before "The Great Disappointment")

BOKE's SONNET-SPEECH ANOINTING
THE LAST american candidate MEETUP ...
BEFORE "THE GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT"

WICKED BOB VANECH DESTROYS INTERACTIVE POTENTIAL
OF MAY 17 WITH LAST MINUTE POWER-GRAB (Drat that wicked bastard!)

11 MAY 2004

BOKE's american candidate (official/SHOWTIME) PAGE appears

9 MAY 2004

AP/Associated Press - FIRST EPISODE OF American Candidate

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - If you thought the presidential primary had come and gone,
think again. A new Showtime "reality TV" series purporting to find someone with
the right stuff to be president will film its first episode in Keene next month,
city officials said. Twelve contestants on "American Candidate" will have
five days to shake hands, kiss babies and persuade city residents they
would make a good president.
...

Mayor Michael Blastos said Thursday the show's creator recently asked him
if the city would be interested in hosting the first episode, which will
be shot June 10-15.

candidate-zero receives a sonnet via email
[SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET FORM]

When nothing comes from nothing as is told

And zero equals everything plus none

The candidates begin to grow quite old

While there remains, not twelve but only one;

So virtual leaders now at last emerge,

And virtually no one can believe

That enigmatic prophets live to urge

The innocent and guilty to relieve

Their misery through pixels on a screen.

The hour now is tantalizing near,

As man grows closer to his E-machine

With one last gasp and one last sip of beer,

He is reduced to eating chocolate cake

The victory is his alone to take.

# # # by anonymous supporter

7 MAY 2004

The founding moves of DESODO:
The Democratically Electrified Society Of Doomed Orators

3 MAY 2004

On April 9, 2004 ... Good Friday ... and birthday of the mysterious Doctor Wunder {???}
... about the time BOKE was mailing in his american candidate application package ...
... Jiao Guobiao, a journalism professor at Peking University [yes, Peking] was publishing
a BOKE-hot roasting of the Chinese government media watchdogs on the Internet entitled:

Making war with the central propaganda department

ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: What is it that is holding up the development of Chinese society?
It is the propaganda department (and the entire propaganda system). The propaganda
department protects evil elements and corruption in society, and has become the
fortress for the most foolish and backward forces in China. We must gather our
courage and fight against the propaganda department.
ABSTRACT SOURCE: China Information Center (circus.org)

TO WHICH BOKE SAYS: AMEN ... and asks rhetorically ... [TO BE CONTINUED]


CHINA DIGITAL NEWS
(Berkeley School of
JOURNALISM)

CHINA_BOKE's american candidate Meetup.com NOTEBOOK

And so it was ... by that strange quirk of fate ... BOKE's first "following" was in CHINA . . .

. . . where -- it has been estimated -- half of all users of the Internet will reside by 2007.

CHINESE (2): American Candidate

` 4/27/2004 SHAME on the Chinese for thwarting Hong Kong democracy /// BOKE
HEAR HEAR for the Chinese calling the U.S. & Britain hypocrites. (HK was a British colony)

NEXT MEETUP: July 19

829*
... people have signed up for american candidate MeetUps.

... To what end?

* (THIS COPY OF DATA WAS FROZEN - 2 JULY 2004
SEE LINK AT BOTTOM OF TABLE FOR LATER DATA)

NATIONAL AMERICAN CANDIDATE MEETUP MEMBERS
DATE PEOPLE/CITIES

3/17 - 3/3
(DAY 1 - 3 CITIES)
NEW YORK
PHOENIX
SANTA MONICA

3/18 - 10/7
3/20 - 51/40
3/21 - 66/48
3/22 - 78/54
3/23 - 93/66
3/24 - 110/74


3/25 - 124/83
3/26 - 136/90
3/27 - 145/93
3/28 - 153/98
3/29 - 166/100
3/30 - 175/103
3/31 - 186/111
4/01 - 198/115
4/02 - 213/121
4/03 - 219/123
4/04 - 231/123
4/05 - 240/126
4/06 - 259/130
4/07 - 267/134

4/08 - 288/140
4/09 - 303/145
4/10 - 321/147

4/12 - 335/151
4/13 - 357/153
4/14 - 380/153


4/15 - 398/158
4/16 - 417/161
4/17 - 423/163

American
Candidate

MEETUP #1

(4/19)
- 439/162

4/20 - 459/163
4/21 - 464/166


4/22 - 468/170
4/23 - 474/171
4/24 - 488/171
4/25 - 496/175
4/26 - 501/174
4/27 - 502/172
4/28 - 507/172
4/29 - 523/173
4/30 - 530/172
5/01 - 534/173
5/02 - 539/173
5/03 - 542/174
5/04 - 550/175
5/05 - 555/175
5/06 - 567/176
5/07 - 575/178
5/08 - 582/178
5/09 - 585/179
5/10 - 594/179
5/11 - 608/181
5/12 - 631/184
5/13 - 640/185
5/14 - 650/184
5/15 - 656/185
5/16 - 667/186

American
Candidate

MEETUP #2
(5/17)
A/K/A
"THE SCENE
OF THE CRIME"

5/18 - 688/191
5/19 - 692/190


5/20 - 699/193
5/21 - 701/193
5/22 - 708/196
5/23 - 709/195
5/24 - 709/195
5/25 - 715/196
5/26 - 715/197
5/27 - 714/197
5/28 - 718/197
5/29 - 719/198
5/30 - 720/198
5/31 - 720/198
6/01 - 722/195
6/02 - 727/195

6/03 - 728/196
6/04 - 730/197
6/05 - 732/197
6/06 - 733/198
6/07 - 737/198
FOUR OF THE
"CHOSEN ONES"
ARE REVEALED
(THEN MORE)
6/08 - 753/203
6/09 - 769/204

6/10 - 784/210
6/11 - 794/214
6/12 - 800/217
6/13 - 808/218
6/14 - 811/220
6/15 - 815/221
6/16 - 819/222
6/17 - 823/223
6/18 - 826/223
6/19 - 833/224
6/20 - 835/224
6/21 - 834/225
American
Candidate

MEETUP #3
(6/21)
ONLY 4 PEOPLE
RSVP'd IN
SANTA MONICA
I.E.,CANCELLED

6/22 - 838/229
6/23 - 840/230
6/24 - 840/230
6/25 - 842/231
6/26 - 844/231
6/27 - 846/230
6/28 - 838/228
6/29 - 832/227
6/30 - 829/227

JULY
7/01 - 830/227
7/02 - 829/228

WE WILL FREEZE THIS COPY OF THE MEETUP DATA AT
AT THIS POINT. FOR FURTHER UPDATES SEE THE
SEPARATE DATA AT THE LINK BELOW:

AMERICAN CANDIDATE MEETUP MEMBER DATA

COMING: "THE DAY OF GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT" ~ JUNE 6, 2004
WHEN "THE TWELVE" SHALL BE LIFTED UP ... AND "THE 404" SHALL NOT BE

EVALUATION OF STRATEGIC ALLIANCE OF American Candidate & MEETUP.COM ...

COMING SOON

23 MAY 2004 - SHAME on the JAPANESE
for shaming the IRAQ hostages. /// BOKE

PHASE 3 NOTES:
CASTING "THE 12"

a/k/a

"The Fog of
American
Candidate
"

{serious smile}

4/17 - FOG - Fragment 1
4/22 - De-FOG? {smile}
Fragment 2 (AC PRODUCER)

It should be kept in mind
the selection of the 12 is
an "elite" process -- based
on the assumptions of the
TV "powers that be."

This is "practical" - but do not
confuse it with democracy.

The fact that few will pause
to question the fact that the
selection of the 12 is a (closed)
elite process ... illustrates how
well we have been turned into
sheep fit for a faux democracy.

In fact, many will be offended
that the question is asked at
all. i.e., "Well of course the
producers are going to pick
the 12 and then let us know.
How else could it be?"


HOW ELSE? Indeed. ### BOKE

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
(ONLINE-COUNT UPDATE)

11 APR - 109 M / 19 F
12.a APR - 108 M / 19 F
12.b APR - 109 M / 19 F
13 APR - 112 M / 19 F
14 APR - 114 M / 19 F
15 APR - 129 M / 22 F
16 APR - 136 M / 22 F
18 APR - 143 M / 22 F
19 APR - 146 M / 25 F
20 APR - 147 M / 26 F
21 APR - 148 M / 26 F
22 APR - 154 M / 28 F
23 APR - 166 M / 29 F
24 APR - 168 M / 30 F
25 APR - 176 M / 34 F
26 APR - 181 M / 38 F
27 APR - 198 M / 51 F
28 APR - 219 M / 54 F
29 APR - 221 M / 55 F
30 APR - 228 M / 56 F


01 MAY - TOTAL = 284
02 MAY 238 M / 58 F
03 MAY 244 M / 60 F
04 MAY 247 M / 59 F
05 MAY 259 M / 61 F
06 MAY 261 M / 62 F
07 MAY 263 M / 62 F
08 MAY 263 M / 62 F
09 MAY 270 M / 65 F
10 MAY 276 M / 68 F

12 MAY 320 M / 76 F
13 MAY 321 M / 78 F
14 MAY 322 M / 78 F
15 MAY 323 M / 78 F
16 MAY 323 M / 78 F

18 MAY 332 M / 80 F
19 MAY 332 M / 80 F

20 MAY 335 M / 80 F
21 MAY 335 M / 80 F
22 MAY 335 M / 80 F
23 MAY 335 M / 80 F
24 MAY 335 M / 80 F
25 MAY 336 M / 80 F
26 MAY 336 M / 80 F
27 MAY 336 M / 80 F
28 MAY 335 M / 80 F (-1)
29 MAY 335 M / 80 F
30 MAY 335 M / 80 F
31 MAY 335 M / 80 F


01 JUN 335 M / 80 F
02 JUN 335 M / 80 F
03 JUN 335 M / 80 F
04 JUN 335 M / 80 F
05 JUN 335 M / 80 F
06 JUN 335 M / 80 F
07 JUN 335 M / 80 F
+5 "FINALISTS" ADDED
(-4) CANDIDATE PAGES
DELETED (BY REQUEST?)

08 JUN 334 M / 82 F
09 JUN 334 M / 82 F
10 JUN 324 M / 77 F (-15)
11 JUN 323 M / 77 F (-1)
12 JUN 323 M / 77 F
13 JUN 323 M / 77 F
14 JUN 323 M / 77 F
15 JUN 323 M / 77 F
16 JUN 323 M / 77 F
17 JUN 323 M / 77 F
18 JUN 323 M / 77 F
19 JUN 323 M / 77 F
20 JUN 323 M / 77 F
21 JUN 323 M / 77 F
22 JUN 323 M / 77 F
23 JUN 323 M / 77 F
24 JUN 323 M / 77 F
25 JUN 322 M / 76 F (-2)
26 JUN 322 M / 76 F
27 JUN 322 M / 76 F
28 JUN 322 M / 76 F
29 JUN 322 M / 76 F
30 JUN 322 M / 76 F

01 JUL 322 M / 76 F
02 JUL 322 M / 76 F
03 JUL 322 M / 76 F
04 JUL 322 M / 76 F
05 JUL 322 M / 76 F
06 JUL 322 M / 76 F
07 JUL 322 M / 76 F
08 JUL 322 M / 76 F
09 JUL 322 M / 76 F
10 JUL 322 M / 76 F
11 JUL 322 M / 76 F
12 JUL 322 M / 76 F
13 JUL 322 M / 76 F
14 JUL 322 M / 76 F
15 JUL 6 M/4 F
-388 (ALL NON-CAST
MEMBERS' WEB PAGES
DELETED)


ALL CANDIDATES: 10
(W/ DELETIONS: 421
[422])
(NOTE:
AmCan Database Error
caused one page not to
be counted. (id=208)
TOTAL CANDIDATE
PAGES: 422

What does a
president do?

Define REALITY.
Make it stick.



american candidate
   GOOD IDEAS
HIGHLIGHT by BOKE

artistofideas -- ORATOR / CREATIVE LICENSE
4/11/2004 A NEW CANDIDATE ON
THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE SITE
ERIC LOEB & HIS GOOD IDEAS

Eric Loeb
IMAGE & TEXT SOURCE:
   Loeb's americancandidate.com page
ART MODIFICATION BY BOKE

23 APRIL 2004 - LOEB SAYS:
"The parties need to be
risk-averse. We don't.
"
AND
"Cut the crap. ..."

FOR MORE LOEB... CLICK HIS PIC.

"THE
NEW ART OF
interactive
political
rhetoric
can help us
resolve our
differences.
"

4/30: "... we should
systematically explore
the possibilities of
interactive rhetoric,
not just wait for them
to happen."



NEW SECTION: CUT THE CRAP

10 MAY 2004 - EVALUATION OF PHASE 3
AMERICAN CANDIDATE INTERACTIVE (COMPONENT)
IN A NUTSHELL: WINDOW DRESSING

Having been present from the first day AmericanCandidate.com opened its message board(s)... I am sorry to have to report that the message board is so incompetently orchestrated/organized/moderated that it can only be considered "window dressing." I.E., The number of messages may give someone glancing quickly at it the impression that there has been interest in the project. BUT anyone who has the slightest experience of how a message board should be organized (and intelligently moderated/orchestrated) knows that this does not reflect the application of professional judgement that would indicate that the message board area is anything more than, as I said, "window dressing." This DOES NOT bode well for the project in terms of meaning anything for the furtherance of democracy. Yes, a harsh judgement.[MORE TO COME] ### BOKE

RE: "SELECTION OF THE TWELVE" (PROCESS)
IN BRIEF: DOCUMENTARIANS CAPTURE THE PRESENT.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF CAPABILITY TO CREATE
(IMAGINE) THE FUTURE.
PROJECTION: 12 "INTERESTING"
CANDIDATES WILL SIMULATE THE ESSENCE OF THE PAST. AC WILL WIN AN EMMY. IT WILL BE OF ZERO SIGNIFICANCE UNLESS... (NOTE: BOKE's PRESCRIPTION IS NOT FREE. {smile/ no joke} CONTACT TO NEGOTIATE.

12 MAY 2004 - DIM - Drooling Incompetent Moderators --
i.e., completely UNSUITED for a project such as "American Candidate."
Rhetorical babies. Send them to a Sesame Street or Teletubbies board.
FIRE the person responsible for NOT training a special group for
"American Candidate." The NORMAL RULES ... DO NOT APPLY.

candidat américain candidato americano

4/16 Two "American Candidates" Begin (Paid) Advertising
on Google
KEYWORDS: american candidate
(NOTE: unlike Showtime's ... they cover misspelled keywords)

SUGGESTION FOR SHOWTIME SITE: There should be a CLEAR DISCLAIMER
on any "candidate" page that these are not real candidates. (People
may be reaching these pages through all kinds of links. Some people may
be confused about what's going on. Make sure that confusion disappears
when they hit each SHOWTIME "candidates" page.)

4/16/04 AMERICAN CANDIDATE CANDIDATES' GOOGLE ADS (PAID ADVERTISING)
Candidates' Google Ads - 4/15/04


(THESE LINKS "POP OPEN" A POLL WINDOW - YOU MAY NEED TO ENABLE POPS)

POLL  MORE POLLS COMING ...



POLL #2 RE: IF YOU'RE NOT SELECTED FOR A.C. WILL YOU STILL MEETUP?


#1 RE: THE PROMOTION OF CANDIDATE BOB VANECH
AT FORUM ENTRANCE
(AND ON CANDIDATES PAGE)
4/14/04 - POLL #1 FOLLOW-UP:
BOB VANECH'S BILLBOARD is no longer the entrance graphic for forums. {smile}

HOWEVER: BOB VANECH IS STILL GETTING SPECIAL PROMOTION ON THE SITE
4/21 {smile} BOB IS NO LONGER GETTING "MUCH" SPECIAL PROMOTION
Will democracy thwart "BOB VANECH'S WICKED PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION"
Stay tuned. {smile}

~5/20 {smile} THE LAST SPECIAL PROMOTION OF VANECH'S NAME VANISHES
IN THE WAKE OF THE WICKED EVENTS OF 5/16-17 (Let this be a lesson ...)



BOKE: Be heard.
BOKE's NEW SLOGAN WHICH EVOLVED DURING VIDEO. NOTE: NOT THE SPEAKER, BUT YOU.
(CONSIDER THIS SLOGAN IN THE CONTEXT OF ERIC LOEB'S IDEA: CITIZENS WIRED TO "STEER")


BOKE's american candidate sonnet {zero}
[20-MINUTE RHETORICAL VERSE IN SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET FORM]
COMPOSED WAITING FOR SUNSET DURING THE MAKING OF BOKE'S AC VIDEO 4/5/04


[untitled, at the moment] {ironic smile}

[CZS.001.01]  TO SPEAK WHEN NO ONE'S THERE does not make sense.

[CZS.001.02]  An orator requires the eyes and ears

[CZS.001.03]  of people -- and a moment, present tense.

[CZS.001.04]  Not loose in time, but anchored. Sundown nears.

 
[CZS.001.05]  IRAQ'S IN CHAOS on the nightly news.

[CZS.001.06]  AND WALMART gathers votes to countermand

[CZS.001.07]  the legislators -- who seem bound to lose

[CZS.001.08]  this power struggle.* The law of the land . . .

 
[CZS.001.09]  . . . walled out of Walmart's island, where time-clocks

[CZS.001.10]  always stop at eight hours -- even though

[CZS.001.11]  the work goes on down aisles and loading docks. /

[CZS.001.12]  But jobs are hard to find, you surely know . . .

 
[CZS.001.13]  . . . for many in America tonight. //

[CZS.001.14]  SO GOES verse one, composed in fading light.

### BOKE [ACS.001 / 6 PM 5 APRIL 2004]

* FOOTNOTE/CODA: THE PEOPLE voted down Walmart's referendum (contrary to sonnet's expectation).



10 APR 04: PHASE 3 BEGINS (SELECTION OF "THE 12")

SHOWTIME american candidate BRIEFS
PHASE 2 (COMPLETE) FEB 26 -> APR 10


10 APRIL 2004 (CAST-SELECTION PHASE BEGINS)
AMERICAN CANDIDATE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS
PAST. Possible candidates to be notified by May 1.

9 APR : 4:30 PM - BOKE's AmCan application is
postmarked. (LINK TO ONLINE VERSION OF BOKE's
"EXCEPTIONAL" AMERICAN CANDIDATE APPLICATION)

9 APR - 126 potential Candidates 107 Men/19 Women

8 APR - 121 potential Candidates 102 Men/19 Women

8 APR - Link to potential Candidate's website removed
by official site because it looked like a REAL candidate's
site (i.e., Not in compliance with F.E.C. ruling.).

7 APR - CONFIRMED - AmCan is Country-Blocked
I.E., NO ONE OUTSIDE U.S. CAN VIEW THE SITE:

"Sorry
We at Showtime Online express our apologies;
however, these pages are intended for access
only from within the United States
"

7 APR - 118 Candidates - 100 Men / 18 Women

6 APR - OFFICIAL NEWS:

HIGHLIGHTS
* Notification of those who will be interviewed:
  by MAY 1.
* Los Angeles interviews/interactions: MAY 7-10
* Show Taping from early June to Mid July

6 APR - 13 more candidate pages... 113 -
95 men / 13 women

5 APR - 27 more candidiate pages on AmCan ... 100
(NOTE:"Show only new candidates (past 7 days)" - indicates only 1

5 APR - FRESHLINKS A COLLEGE NEWSPAPER says
approximately "200 applications" were received.

4 APR - BOKE COMPLETES TRANSMISSIONS IN
AMCAN 1.0 FORUM. (END OF PHASE 1 PARTICIPATION)

4 APR - RUMOR that someone in Mexico couldn't
access the American Candidate message forum.

2-3 APR - 13 more candidate pages in AmCan ... 73

1 APR - 7 more candidate pages on AmCan....60


30 MAR - OFFICIAL FORUM: "TOPICS" expand from 1
to 6. (It seems "topic" is a new concept to some.) {smile}

29 MAR - OFFICIAL FORUM: AC Webmaster (Rob B)
responds to an impatient participant's question

NOTE: APPLICANTS CURRENTLY WITH AN AMCAN PAGE: 53

29 MAR - OFFICIAL FORUM: AmCan moderators
erase a post in LATIN
{smile} i.e., ENGLISH ONLY.

25 MAR - MEETUP.COM - New Delhi MeetUp for
AmCan. {smile} tyler is never wrong.

24 MAR - tyler: GLOBAL AMERICAN CANDIDATE

20 MAR OFFICIAL SITE: CANDIDATES

19 MAR OFFICIAL SITE MESSAGE BOARDS OPEN

19 MAR - tyler REFRAMES ... the "GAME" {smile}

16 MAR - Oh say can you see "Scouts?"
SEE american candidate FRESH LINKS


26 FEB - IT'S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME:
american candidate (SHOWTIME):
the future's candidates welcome
scroll down to ACS NEWS FOR RULES CHANGE


BOKE / 5 APRIL 2004

PHOTO: BOKE
BOKE SEES A PROBLEM / 5 APRIL 2004

 

	
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25 MARCH 2004

A PROPOSED FLAG FOR THE NEWLY RECONSTITUTED . . .
FLAG: The United Nation of MONEY

25 MARCH 2004

   SURE, they hated AMERICA . . .

BUT . . . they all love MONEY.   

God bless the U.N.M.


26 MARCH 2004 : CONTINUED

no more state lines . . . just the tie that binds

$

 

24 MARCH 2004
[RHETORICAL QUESTION?]

The UN-American Candidate?

(International American Candidate?)

(Interplanetary American Candidate?) {smile}

(Universal American Candidate?) {bigger smile}

GLOBAL american candidate ?

American Canidate (RUSSIAN)
23 MARCH 2004:

American Candidate (CHINESE)

candidat américain amerikaner kandidat

American Candidate (JAPANESE)

amerikaanse kandidaat candidato americano

American Candidate (ARABIC)

amerikanikos ypopsifios amerikaneren kandidaten

American Candidate (GREEK)

amerikkalainen kandidaatti amerikan kouhosha


American Candidate (KOREAN)

BOKE : the UN-american candidate

" Restoring international respect

is job {one}. "

19 MARCH 2004

tyler's [TAI-L/HER] chaos/complexity calculations indicate it's time to REFRAME "whatever we're
in the midst of" as:

THE american candidate GAME {?}

THE PLAYERS:
{smile}

THE PAST
VS
THE FUTURE

[RHETORICAL VERSE / HAIKU]

... "a whole new ballgame"

And here's a vital question:

WHAT ball would that be?

(Sooo... you were, like, thinking you knew what the ball was? {smile} Only tyler has a handle on that.)



BOKE
2004
no boundaries.
NO BULLSHIT!

{serious smile}
BOKE's LATEST
rhetorical
adventure

BOKE BAP ROOM - american candidate VERSION
BAP

tyler
[TAI-L/HER]
?

DO YOU SEE ANY STATE LINES?

(UNSPONSORED LINK)

LINK: American Candidate (Showtime)
Showtime
BOKE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY APPLAUDS SHOWTIME & ACTUALREALITY
FOR THIS BOLD TELEVISION EXPERIMENT/ADVENTURE IN DEMOCRACY
AND HOPES THIS SINCERE SUCKING-UP IS NOTICED BY THE SUCKEES ...
U
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American Candidate COMMENTARY 13 MARCH 2004
BOKE's american candidate
COMMENTARY [FRAGMENTS]

American Candidate PROMO examination 26 FEB 2004
american candidate PROMO 
[RHETORICAL] EXAMINATION

[a scrollable semi-frame-by-frame look]

BOKE's American Candidate (annotated/democratic) application BOKE'Samerican candidate
COMPLETE [annotated / democratic]
APPLICATION QUESTIONNAIRE


NOTE: ONE LARGE / SCROLLABLE PAGE
[HAVE BROADBAND OR PATIENCE {smile}]

American Candidate FEC Ruling FEC RULING RE american candidate
[exemption for "commentary"]

Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinion Number 2003-34

FROM REPLY TO ATTORNEY FOR VIACOM:
Jan Witold Baran, Esq. Wiley, Rein & Fielding, LLP
American Candidate is 'commentary' within
the meaning of the Act and the regulations.

If the American Candidate series is produced
as indicated in your request, Viacom,
Showtime or [the producer] will be
engaging in a legitimate press function."

Interpreting BCRA: Showtime's American Candidate Entitled
to "Media Exemption"
(LINKS TO: Wiley, Rein & Fielding, LLP)

31 MARCH 2004
FRESH <font color=gray>[NO JUNK/EDITED]</font>  LINKS: AMERICAN CANDIDATE (SHOWTIME) FRESH [NO JUNK / EDITED] LINKS
american candidate SHOWTIME
(and still "interesting" previous info)

BOKE'S american candidate DIARY

9 APRIL 2004 - COMPLETE VIDEO EDITED BY MIDNIGHT. BOKE's "EXCEPTIONAL" AMERICAN
CANDIDATE APPLICATION PACKAGE POSTMARKED 4:30 PM (30 MINUTES TO SPARE. {smile})

6 APRIL 2004 - VIDEO PART A Taped and edited. NEW SLOGAN EMERGES. (TOP SECRET
for now. {smile})
Abort indicators rising. Data indicates insufficient interaction to produce
significance....

5 APRIL 2004 tyler's calculations indicate the time has come to make that damn video...
without a potato. NEW CHAOS-FACTOR DATA PROCESSED. TWO POSSIBLE KEY TRAJECTORIES,
BUT MISSION ABORT MAY BE PREFERABLE. VALUE DETERMINANTS IN FLUX ...

21 MARCH 2004 At last. Woke up this morning an 18-year-old. {smile} Still no camcorder
battery....
Wait. Wasn't there something about making a battery out of a potato? I think
it was a potato.
Something about a potato.... Whatever. Something to try. Yes. Wait ...
Maybe that's the theme of my video -- Presidents TRY things.
"My fellow Americans. I may
be a man without a camcorder battery. BUT I have a potato. And, like, I'm gonna TRY it!"

Yeah! This is GREAT! ...
Being 18 again is SO cool ... EQUATION 45 confirms CHINA
as critical attrator.

13 MARCH 2004 Cheap (Ebay) camcorder battery arrived. No good. But on the bright side,
I'm looking younger every day. {smile} Soon be back to 18 again. Ah, but will I revert to
being as clueless as I was then?
{grin?}
Apparently not, since I'm feeling more and more like,
hey, man would they hurry up and vote me out of the country. (SEE APPLICATION #82)
Looks like I'm going to have to turn over the speech-writing to tyler (TAI-L/HER) since
all I feel like saying right now can be expressed in two words... {wink?}

3 MARCH 2004 {smile} ... Good thing there's "lots more time" ... That camcorder battery
I bought on ebay back on Feb 4 ... didn't get shipped until NOW. And, now that the age limit
has been lowered, I'll spend the next few weeks getting younger for the video. {grin} You don't
believe me? What? You don't have an age knob? I thought everybody did. Twisting now ... {smile}

Please take the first 3-5 minutes to make a speech directly to the Amrican people telling them why you want to be president, and whyyou would make a great president
BOKE 14 FEB 2004 artistofideas -- ORATOR / CREATIVE LICENSE

How does
an ORATOR
speak
in postmodern
times?

Like this?

17 FEB 04 RULE: NEVER EXPLAIN WHY ...
... when you can make it manifest.


MAKING BOKE'S AMERICAN CANDIATE VIDEO:
ONE WEEK UNTIL THE APPLICATION DEADLINE... TECH "DETAILS, DETAILS"

[*] 2/5 Lacking a digital video camera, ordered a discontinued analog/digital converter:
$150. Video camera battery is dead/dead ... Buy one that MAY work on EBAY for $6 ...
Hope it comes in time.

[*] 2/7-8 Figure out how to use new hardware and free video editing software that
came with Firewire drive. Analog to Digital works great... But can't print back
through Firewire to video recorder.
Will have to record using analog connections
from laptop. Seems to have 60 cycle hum. Will have to do.

[*] 2/15 Laptop disk drive is on its last legs. Three reinitializations in the past week.
Will need to order another one ($90) and hope it gets here in time ... just in case.


ABOVE: BOKE PONDERS THE MAKING OF THAT DAMNED AMERICAN CANDIDATE VIDEO. {smile}

BOKE's american candidate application:questionnaire the [ANNOTATED/DEMOCRATIC!] application QUESTIONNAIRE
BEGUN IN LATE JANUARY 2004, "COMPLETED" FEBRUARY 14 ["ADJUSTMENTS" AS TIME PERMITS]
{smile} testing ... testing [interactive format idea]
JAN-FEB: INTERACTIVE/VOTING WILL TAKE MORE DESIGN/TIME,
BUT LET'S BEGIN PONDERING HOW -- MEANINGFUL-- ONLINE
VOTING/PARTICIPATION MIGHT LOOK ...

american candidate/ questionnaire instructions: legibly , dark colored ink

Graphology
anyone? {smile}

INSTEAD, let us
use the rhetorical
(and interactive)
expressive capacity
of the web to present
the candidate ...

PSYC CONSULTANT: PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE demonstrates strong delusional/narcissistic tendencies.
High resistance to "following the rules." This guy's trouble. // Suggest discarding application at this point.
PRODUCERS NOTES: Not yet. (A delusional/narcissistic reality-TV presidential candidate? Horrors! )

thumbslide [select +5 to -5 agreement/disagreement]
   VOTE

BOKE is right!
PSYC CONSULTANT is right!
PRODUCERS are always right! (Duh!)
ALT.VOTE
STUPID POLL!
My dog is best!
Monkey-bot rules!
THIS IS A VOTE FORMATTING TEST. IF THIS WAS A WORKING VOTING MECHANISM, YOU COULD
MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN (OTHER THAN JUST DARKEN THE LITTLE CIRCLES -- BUT WATCH OUT! {ewg}}

01/08/04 - BOKE serindipitously
checks www.americancandiate.com
(BEFORE the press release went out).
BOKE'S "SHORT" (400 CHAR. MAX) WHY ME?

I want to show America the power of  speech: 
What they don't see.

Since the Election 2000 fiasco, I've 
written 1,000 Shakespearean form [one-
click-software-verifiable www.boke.com]
RHETORICAL SONNETS to wrap my mind 
around "the ideas" and polish my eloquence. 

BOTTOM LINE: I'm prepared to show America
what "real good rhetoric" is like -- 
so they'll lose their taste for BULLSHIT.

BOKE DOWNLOADS (PDF) APPLICATION.

TO BE CONTINUED ...

THE SLOGAN FROM "LAST TIME" {smile}
only a fictional candidate can afford the price of vision


(OLD) SHOWTIME "AMERICAN CANDIDATE"
NEWS & OFFICIAL UPDATES (EARLIEST)

FOLLOW LINK ABOVE, OR KEEP SCROLLING DOWN (OUT OF SEARCH-BOT RANGE)

9 MAY 2004 AP/Associated Press

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - If you thought the presidential primary had come and gone,
think again. A new Showtime "reality TV" series purporting to find someone with
the right stuff to be president will film its first episode in Keene next month,
city officials said. Twelve contestants on "American Candidate" will have
five days to shake hands, kiss babies and persuade city residents they
would make a good president.
...

Mayor Michael Blastos said Thursday the show's creator recently asked him
if the city would be interested in hosting the first episode, which will
be shot June 10-15.


Subject: REMINDER: APPLICATIONS POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY!
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 14:17:44 -0700
From: American Candidate Admin 

Hello American Candidate applicant!

Just a friendly reminder that application / video deadline 
must be postmarked  by Fri April 9th. If you have already 
sent your app in, thank you! 

We are busy helping each one of you fill out a Web page as
fast as possible on our AmeircanCandidate.com. We appreciate 
your patience!

You will only be notified if we are interested in meeting 
you prior to the taping of our show. If we are interested 
in you, we will notify you around May 1st. We will then 
fly you into LA for 4 days from May 7-10th. We will be 
taping the show from approx. early June to mid July.

We are quite busy in the office at this point.  
Most questions can be answered on our FAQ's. Thank you for your interest. Amrican Candidate Casting

You have received this email because you downloaded an application to American Candidate. You will NOT receive further email from us unless you send in an application....


26 FEB 2004 MAJOR RULE CHANGE
(TEXT FROM OFFICIAL SITE HIGHLIGHTED BY BOKE)

american candidate - the search has begun 18 AND OVER WELCOME, DEADLINE EXTENDED

Due to an enthusiastic response from people of all ages,
American Candidate will now accept applications from Americans
18 years and older.

The application deadline for all applicants has been extended to
April 9.

The winner of American Candidate will receive $200,000
AND
a nationwide media appearance to occur after the conclusion
of the series so that the "American Candidate" can make his or her
address to the nation.



Subject: American Candidate casting update
Date:  Tue, 10 Feb 2004 18:08:58 -0800
From: American Candidate Admin 


Dear American Candidate applicants:

UPDATE: IF SELECTED FOR THE SHOW YOUR NEW TIME COMMITMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 10 WEEKS DOWN TO APPROXIMATELY 7 WEEKS THIS SUMMER!! DEADLINE REMINDER FEBRUARY 23RD. ... Thank you, American Candidate Outreach




Subject: Application Update: Campaign Manager Change
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 12:23:18 -0800
From: American Candidate Admin 


Dear American Candidate applicants:

We're writing to give you an update on the application process:

We have removed the "campaign manager" requirement (Question #21) 
from the application. You will no longer be required to choose someone
you know as your campaign manager.

If you have already sent in your application, please do not resend it. 
If you have not, please  skip the "campaign manager" question. There
is no need to download a new application.

...

Thank you,

American Candidate Outreach


Press Release
Source: Showtime Networks Inc.

Thursday January 8, 10:49 am ET 


Showtime to Introduce 'AMERICAN CANDIDATE'
Crunch-time for R.J. Cutler (filmmaker)

Government's Federal Election Commission Says The Show Will Comply With Election Law NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Showtime Networks will become the campaign headquarters for AMERICAN CANDIDATE starting this summer. Unscripted and unprecedented, AMERICAN CANDIDATE is a 10-episode, one-hour reality series from Academy Award¨-nominated and Emmy¨-winning documentary filmmmaker R.J. Cutler ("The War Room," "American High," Showtime's FRESHMAN DIARIES), executive producer Jay Roach (director of "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "Meet the Parents") and executive producer Tom Lassally ("Stay"). The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc., following the recent Federal Election Commission's positive advisory opinion that the content of the show will not violate federal election laws.

Relaxed Robert Greenblatt (Showtime Mucky-Muck)
In "American Idol" fashion, this series will attempt to identify one individual who has the qualifications and qualities to be President of the United States. The show will debut with 12 contestants from all walks of life. Over the course of the next 10 weeks, those 12 will face-off against each other in a series of challenges designed to test their presidential mettle and to show viewers what really goes on in the making of a presidential candidate. Week-by-week, the original pool of candidates will be winnowed down through audience participation and polling. The final episode will be a showdown between the remaining two candidates, and one person will emerge victorious -- the "American Candidate" -- by proving that he or she has what it takes to run for the highest office in the land. "The ideas upon which this country was built -- that anyone can run for public office and each voice counts -- seem to be a thing of the past," Greenblatt said. "This show, which is designed to find the ideal 'American candidate' from out of obscurity, will try to change all that. In the hands of these extraordinary producers, I think it will have amazing relevance to our country in a presidential election year -- and who knows, maybe our winner will actually decide to enter the race." Cutler comments, "American Candidate is going to engage people in the political process in a way that has never been done before. Television has always been the most powerful medium for candidates to get their message across to the voting public. While there is no doubt that this will be highly entertaining, we believe it will be an examination of the process and address serious political issues." With involvement from bi-partisan advisors, this unique series is designed to find an unknown leader from the ranks of ordinary citizens who could catapult to national prominence and demonstrate that he or she possesses the leadership capabilities and talent to be President. Using grass-roots efforts and the power of television, the show's contestants will mirror the activities of the actual presidential candidates. In addition, they will be put through the rigorous paces of anyone running for this office. They will engage in debates, hold political rallies, receive the advice of seasoned political strategists, create advertisements, select running mates, have their backgrounds scrutinized by the press and engage in opposition research. Everything is fair game. AMERICAN CANDIDATE will maintain an active presence on the Internet. Its web site, www.americancandidate.com, will accept applications from eligible Americans. Applications can also be obtained by calling 877-RUN-2004 (877-786-2004). The web site will launch on Thursday, January 8. A five-month selection process will narrow the pool to 12 finalists. These contestants will be introduced to the nation on the premiere episode on Showtime. Candidates will maintain their own homepages on which they can present their qualifications, platforms and visions for the country. They can also use the homepages as organizing tools to recruit volunteers, organize events and otherwise promote their issues. The AMERICAN CANDIDATE web site will offer information about contestant schedules and events, streaming media, message boards, chat rooms and other content. Showtime will promote the series on the network's Web site, sho.com, as well. Cutler is an Emmy¨ and Peabody award winner, and has been an Academy Award¨ and Independent Spirit Award nominee. His production company, Actual Reality Pictures, specializes in the creation and production of non-fiction film and television projects, which include Showtime's FRESHMAN DIARIES, Discovery Health Network's "The Residents" and VH-1's "Military Diaries." Cutler also created, directed and executive produced the Fox and PBS series "American High" which received the 2001 Emmy¨ Award for Outstanding Reality Program. As a filmmaker, Cutler began his career as the producer of "The War Room," which was nominated for an Academy Award and was named Best Documentary of the Year by the National Board of Review. Cutler also directed and produced the feature documentary "A Perfect Candidate" and he directed, produced and co-wrote the short film "Anita Liberty." Tom Lassally is the principal partner in Kustom Entertainment, a management/production company. Lassally is currently in production on the feature project "Stay," directed by Marc Forster and starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. Lassally will soon begin pre-production on his next project "87' Fleer" by Alex Tse, with Paul Hunter attached to direct. Before forming Kustom Entertainment, Mr. Lassally was a longtime executive at Warner Bros. He joined the studio as Vice-President of Theatrical Production before rising to Executive Vice-President in 1995. He supervised such movies as "Heat," "Time To Kill," "Batman Forever," "Analyze This" and "Any Given Sunday." Jay Roach made his feature directorial debut with the break out hit "Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery" and returned for the blockbuster sequels "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember." After helming the small-town comedy, "Mystery, Alaska," Roach went on to direct "Meet The Parents," starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, which broke box office records and was acclaimed by critics. Roach is in pre-production on "Meet The Fockers," scheduled for release in December, 2004, through Universal. Roach's company, Everyman Pictures, is actively involved in feature and TV development and production through an overall deal at Twentieth Century Fox. Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME¨, THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX¨, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME¨ TOO(TM), SHOWTIME¨ SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME¨, SHOWTIME BEYOND¨, SHOWTIME NEXT¨, SHOWTIME WOMEN¨, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE¨ and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD¨, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD¨, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND¨ and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL¨, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal Studios. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME¨ PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME EXTREME¨ is available in Spain through a joint venture with Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision. Source: Showtime Networks Inc.


 
(AP)
FEC says 'American Candidate' reality
show qualifies for media exemption from
campaign rules 


Thursday, December 18, 2003 


(12-18) 12:18 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

A new reality television series that will pit Americans against
each other in a make-believe presidential race won't have to
worry about complying with campaign finance laws. 

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday gave its approval
to a plan by Viacom and its Showtime Network subsidiary to
produce and air "American Candidate," a series whose
contestants will test their political skills over a pretend,
three- or four-month presidential campaign. 

Viacom and Showtime had asked the commission whether the
program would fall under a media exemption that would allow
it to mention actual presidential candidates and have them
appear on the show without running afoul of campaign finance
rules, which include a ban on corporate contributions to
federal campaigns. 

The FEC said the program qualified for the exemption and that
it could go as far as calling for real candidate's election or
defeat. 

The National Rifle Association had urged the FEC to reject the
request, arguing that entertainment programming such as the
Showtime show doesn't fall under the media exemption. 

The NRA recently said it was considering acquiring a radio or
TV station and going to the FEC or to court to argue it should
qualify for the media exemption itself, allowing it to say what
it wants about candidates whenever it wants. The new campaign
finance law bans the NRA and other groups from using
corporate money to run ads targeting candidates close to
elections. 

Commissioner Michael Toner said the NRA's arguments about
the Viacom request might have merit, but he didn't want to read
the campaign finance law to require the FEC to regulate the
content of reality-TV shows. 




Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinion Number 2003-34

Back to Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinions Search Page Federal Election Commission Main Page CERTIFIED MAIL December 19, 2003 RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED ADVISORY OPINION 2003-34 Jan Witold Baran, Esq. Wiley, Rein & Fielding, LLP 1776 K Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Dear Mr. Baran: This responds to your letters dated October 16 and October 29, 2003, requesting an advisory opinion on behalf of Viacom, Inc. ("Viacom"), its wholly owned subsidiary, Showtime Networks, Inc. ("Showtime"), and TMD Productions, Inc. ("TMD"), concerning the application of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended ("the Act"), and Commission regulations to the funding, production, airing, and other distribution of a "reality documentary series" entitled American Candidate. Background You state that Viacom is a global media company. Showtime owns and operates the Showtime television network. Showtime has contracted with TMD to produce American Candidate. Neither Viacom, Showtime, any of their corporate affiliates or subsidiaries, nor TMD is owned or controlled by any political party, political committee or candidate. Showtime intends to produce and distribute a fictional depiction of a presidential campaign entitled American Candidate. American Candidate will simulate a presidential campaign involving American citizens who compete in a series of events designed to test their political skills while being filmed over a three-to-four month period. You assert that the program will serve as social commentary on the American political system as well as political leadership and character in America in an "entertaining reality format."

You assert that the contestants will not be actual candidates and will not be "testing the waters" for a candidacy for public office. Each potential contestant must sign a release that provides that he or she will be automatically disqualified from participation in the American Candidate series if the contestant becomes a candidate or explores an actual candidacy for any public office. Contestants may be depicted soliciting donations to charitable organizations; all such donations would be donated directly to the charities. There will be no fundraising related to actual Federal candidates, officeholders, or committees. Also, each contestant will be prohibited from receiving any monetary contributions to his or her American Candidate campaign. It is possible that the series will depict actual Federal candidates on the campaign trail, and include appearances by Federal candidates to enhance the competition between the contestants. These appearances, as well as reactions by the contestants or other guest commentators, may include references to actual Federal officeholders or candidates, again in the context of engaging the contestants in a realistic simulation. Viacom and Showtime will operate two websites related to the American Candidate series. The first website will serve as an "application website" featuring contestant application forms, entry rules, other contestant related materials, and press releases promoting the series. The second website will serve as the "series website." The websites will be used to promote the series, feature the contestants, track the series and provide updates, and educate the public about actual political campaigns. Each of the final contestants may be provided a personalized page on the series website to advertise his or her simulated campaign and interact directly with viewers and fans.

Legal Analysis and Conclusions You ask several questions pertaining to the application of the Act and Commission regulations to the American Candidate series. Under the factual circumstances described in your request, the Commission concludes that the series, a work of fiction that is not intended to influence a Federal election, is generally not subject to regulation under the Act. Thus, editorial and production decisions, including such decisions as with whom to consult and to employ in the production of the series (e.g., the selection and use of consultants and advisors), are outside the scope of the Act. To the extent that an actual Federal candidate or officeholder is depicted or discussed in the series as it is promoted, broadcast, cablecast, or webcast, including depictions or discussions that constitute "express advocacy," the Commission concludes that there will be no contribution, expenditure, or electioneering communication under the "press exemptions." 2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)(i), 434(f)(3)(B)(i). The Act prohibits "any corporation whatever" from making any contribution or expenditure in connection with a Federal election. 2 U.S.C. 441b(a). The Act and Commission regulations define the terms "contribution" and "expenditure" to include any gift of money or "anything of value" for the purpose of influencing a Federal election. The Act and Commission regulations exempt from the definition of "contribution" and "expenditure": Any cost incurred in covering or carrying a news story, commentary, or editorial by any broadcast station (including a cable television operator, programmer, or producer), newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, is not a contribution [or expenditure] unless the facility is owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate . . . 11 CFR 100.73 and 100.132; 2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)(i). The Act and Commission regulations also include a similar exemption at 2 U.S.C. 434(f)(3)(B)(i) and 11 CFR 100.29(c)(2) with respect to electioneering communications, which would otherwise be prohibited by a corporation. Several factors must be present to conclude that the proposed activity falls within the press exemption of 2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)(i) and 434(f)(3)(B)(i). First, the entity engaging in the activity must be a press entity as described by the Act and Commission regulations. See Advisory Opinions 2000-13, 1998-17, 1996-48, 1996-41, 1996-16 and advisory opinions cited therein. Furthermore, an application of the press exemption depends upon the two-part framework presented in Reader's Digest Association v. FEC, 509 F.Supp. 1210, 1215 (S.D.N.Y. 1981): (1) Whether the press entity is owned or controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate; and (2) Whether the press entity is acting as a press entity in conducting the activity at issue (i.e., whether the entity is acting in its "legitimate press function"). See also FEC v. Phillips Publishing, 517 F.Supp.1308, 1312-1313 (D.D.C. 1981); Advisory Opinions 2000-13, 1996-48, and 1982-44.

The Commission concludes that the requestors are press entities, are not owned or controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate, and that American Candidate is "commentary," within the meaning of the Act and the regulations. If the American Candidate series is produced as indicated in your request, Viacom, Showtime, or TMD will be engaging in a legitimate press function. See Reader's Digest Association, 509 F.Supp. at 1215. Therefore, to the extent that actual Federal candidates or officeholders are depicted or discussed in the series or the websites, no contribution or expenditure will result from payments for the production (including payments received for "product placements"), promotion, distribution, or licensing of rights, even if statements that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified Federal candidate are included. 2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)(i). Similarly, no broadcast or cablecast of the series will constitute an electioneering communication. 2 U.S.C. 434(f)(3)(B)(i).2 This response constitutes an advisory opinion concerning the application of the Act and Commission regulations to the specific transactions or activities set forth in your request. See 2 U.S.C. 437f. The Commission emphasizes that, if there is a change in any of the facts or assumptions presented, and such facts or assumptions are material to a conclusion presented in this opinion, then the requestor may not rely on that conclusion as support for its proposed activity. The Commission does not undertake a constitutional analysis in this advisory opinion, since its interpretation of the press exemptions at 2 U.S.C. 431(9)(B)(i) and 434(f)(3)(B)(i), themselves clearly drawn with the First Amendment in mind, provide sufficient guidance. The Commission expresses no opinion regarding the applicability of the Communications Act of 1934, or of regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, to the the proposed activities because those questions are outside the Commission's jurisdiction. Sincerely, (signed) Ellen L. Weintraub Chair Enclosures (AOs 2000-13, 1998-17, 1996-48, 1996-41, 1996-16, and 1982-44) _______________________________ 1 The Commission assumes, without deciding, that TMD is a press entity. However, even if it is not, it is the type of production company that press entities typically employ for the purposes of creating documentaries and other informational content, especially where, as here, final editorial discretion rests with an entity that is a press entity. 2 If, notwithstanding a contestant's agreement to the release, a contestant explores an actual candidacy for public office, then funds received and payments made by the contestant solely for the purpose of "testing the waters" may be excluded from the definitions of "contribution" and "expenditure." 11 CFR 100.72 and 100.131. However, if a contestant becomes an actual candidate or makes public statements to that effect, then the exceptions in 11 CFR 100.72 and 100.131 will not apply. Only funds permissible under the Act may be used for the "testing the waters" activities permitted under 11 CFR 100.72 and 100.131.




THIS PAGE IS BOKE's, NOT SHOWTIME'S. (BLAME HIM, NOT THEM.) BOKE HAS APPLIED TO BE A "CANDIDATE" FOR
RJ CUTLER'S "AMERICAN CANDIDATE" AND THEREBY HAS A "CANDIDATE" (BOKE) PAGE ON THE SHOWTIME SITE.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF SERIOUS APPLICANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THIS POSITION. ONLY 12 WILL BE
CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REALITY PROGRAM. AT THIS TIME ... BOKE IS NOT KNOWN TO BE ONE OF
THE TWELVE. NO ONE KNOWS, YET. (STAY TUNED) THE FIRST (1ST) EPISODE OF "AMERICAN CANDIDATE"
WILL BE SHOT IN KEENE, N.H. JUNE 10-15. CLEARLY, WE WILL KNOW "THE 12" BY THEN. ### BOKE

BOKE IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
THIS IS A "REALITY TV" CAMPAIGN. I.E., "FICTION." A WORK OF ART.