Etch-A-Sketch vs Teleprompter - Who Wins?

Neither ? I learned once that in a martial arts class on body fundamentals that if you are doing the exercise push hands which depends upon your awakening your sense for your center of gravity & that of an opponent that you can throw an opponent off center trying to manipulate his. The other thing I learned was that if you persist in one direction and do not change with the other you can fall on your face. 'Nuff said! I am more worried about a teleprompter needed to keep all the lies straight than someone who can change his mind if the course is not right; Manchurian candidates notwithstanding.


  1. technology
  2. teleprompter
  3. etch-a-sketch
  4. push hands
  5. political toys


Mark de LA says
seth 2012-03-28 11:09:47 15908
how about "toy meme goper" ... or "toygoper" for short ?
How about a toybama?

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-03-27 10:52:06 15908
How long do you think it will take before somebody does a sketch of a teleprompter vs a etch-a-sketch ?  So let the battle of the toyganders begin!
There are tons of cartoons with Obama & a teleprompter. I kinda like this one:

Mark de LA says

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-03-27 09:34:52 15908
I think the etch-a-sketch metaphor will be around for much longer than the teleprompter.  I never did understand the teleprompter ... no real bit there ... no real criticism there ... so Obama adroitly uses a teleprompter ... it's almost as if the opposition is jealous of his abilities.  I have no idea why the metaphor resonates with the right. 

But the etch-a-sketch contains a real bite.  It's not that he can change his mind, i think that is a good thing too.  It is that when he secures the nomination, with his etch-a-sketch he will suddenly put in an entire different set of propaganda designed to win the general election ... ie his is results driven, rather than speaking from consistent conviction. 

But we really should coin a term for a hardware devise that becomes an political metaphor ... what would it be?   ... toygander , proponator ?

I can see that & possibly recontextualize the idea of the teleprompter to a question of who puts what into the teleprompter? The teleprompter president was even using one in some school talk to kids.  Does his smoothness decrease directly proportional to the distance he is away from a teleprompter. Does he have any core values he can speak from? Such a question prompted my Manchurian Candidate idea. We'll see if we get any real debates.

Mark de LA says
This one is comparative:

Mark de LA says
Elaine might be able to create a cartoon picture of what those words seem to her.

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-03-28 11:02:37 15908
M 2012-03-28 10:20:28 15908
seth 2012-03-28 09:29:32 15908
... so still working on the list ... so far we have
  • etch-a-sketch
  • teleprompter
  • yo-yo
  • flip-flop
  • ...

Should we call these ...

  • toyganders
  • obdragers
  • ...

Just thinking out loud, but if it calls to mind what you are talking about & less your own point of view, possibly not shared by others, it is more likely to fly. My guess would be for the erudite the word politico-memes, but for the
οἱ πολλοί probably poligatchas.

Right there is nothing of my own political views in this whatsoever ... it is only about the coinage of a term.

But the term refers not to all politico-memes, rather just those for which some object has been used ... so most of your proposals above would not apply.
The words you coined convey pretty much nothing visual to me.

Seth says
  • teddy bear

Seth says
Finally a good illustration of a flip flop ...

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