Gruen Nation is a series of election-oriented specials from the makers of the hit show about advertising, The Gruen Transfer.
Hosted by Wil Anderson, and featuring Gruen regulars Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft, Gruen Nation will run an X-ray over the 2010 federal election, examining not only the advertising but all the other tricks and tactics political parties use to get their messages out.
Joining our advertising gurus is an impressive trio of political insiders and campaign veterans:
Dr John Hewson: former leader of the federal Liberal party
Neil Lawrence: the man behind the Kevin07 campaign
Annabel Crabb: author and ABC political commentator.
The five panellists will dissect each week's events as they unfold.
Whether it is a million dollars spent on an advertising campaign or a hundred dollars spent on a haircut or a tie, Gruen Nation will decode what's going on for the audience and point out the many strategies political parties use to influence voters.
Like its parent show, The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Nation will offer up, and dissect, a feast of messaging brilliance and bunkum – not just from the 2010 Australian federal election, but from down the years and around the world.
This study guide is mainly aimed at middle- and upper-secondary school levels, and may be pertinent to tertiary level, with relevance to English, Media Studies, Politics, Civics and Citizenship, Journalism, Graphics, Ethics and Philosophy, Psychology, Business Studies/Marketing and SOSE/HSIE.
Synopsis, episode one
Sex and sexiness in political advertising; an examination of the main political parties' initial ads of the 2010 election campaign; a comparative view of an election ad from the Philippines; techniques and procedures behind the televised election debate; dealing with interjectors and protestors; purposes of the candidate ad; and The Pitch – to make the 'perfect campaign ad'.
Important topics in this episode include creating and massaging a candidate's image, appearing trustworthy and honest, and avoiding the pitfalls of 'being yourself' in an election campaign.