Friday, August 8, 2008

Blicky Has Announced a Winner!

The staff at Blicky Kitty offered a free picture with Blicky himself for the winner of the 2008 Specious Political Email Contest, and were overwhelmed by the response. Entries flooded in from around the country and after weeks of searching a winner was selected. The winning entry possesses all of the qualities of facile rhetoric and sloppy prose we had hoped for. It has brilliant and subtle photo editing:

It uses fear and vague suggestions to inspire fear and, even better, it uses cute puppies to make its point. The cute puppy is a powerful rhetorical device first employed by the Sophists in Periclean Athens, Isocrates and then perfected by Aristotle:

Best of all our winner has included a realistic header so the email will seem to have been circulating for a while. Recognize any of the names in the email list?

------ Forwarded Message
From: Una Renard
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2008 00:40:22 -0400
Conversation: My Vote is For Freedom
Subject: FWD: My Vote is For Freedom

Wow I don’t usually forward these things, but I can’t believe how the news media missed this one! Kitty hon, you should forward this too.


-------------- Forwarded Message: -------------- 
Sent: 8/4/2008 12:33:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: My Vote is For Freedom

Wow it really makes you think! I’m really starting to think of things a little differently. PS. Pass this along to everyone you know!

Click here to request a free copy of the 2008 Specious Email Award Winner and forward it to the conservatives in your clowder. Together we can see just how far misinformation can travel!

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