Lost Packets – ‘Hillary 1984’ mashup maker mystery remains

The creator of the Apple Inc. ad mashup that paints Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as a 1984-esque “Big Sister” has not yet been identified. But last month, the creator told a political blogger the idea came after a campaign contribution quarrel between Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hollywood producer David Geffen. Clinton, meanwhile, downplayed the video and called it a “small favour.” Dubbed the “Hilary 1984” video, the remix uses Apple Inc.’s classic Macintosh introduction ad, which ran only once on television 23 years ago. It replaces the droning Big Brother of the original with images and words of Clinton. Although the mashup ends with a rainbow-coloured logo for the Obama presidential campaign and the URL of his Web site, Obama has denied any connection with the ad. The video has been viewed more than 2.1 million times.

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