Attack of the Cicada Ad

The periodic cicada emergence every 17 years is a natural wonder of North America. The cicadas are separated into broods that emerge in different years, so that every year, there is a brood in at least one geographic location. This year, the periodic cicada Brood II has emerged along the East Coast of the United States, including Washington, DC. In Washington, DC, when politicians and their operatives take a break from trying to make life better for the American people, they are busy making attack ads against their political rivals. What better metaphor than comparing an opposition politician to a loud and annoying insects? I have not seen a lot of cicada metaphors this year so I will link to this classic cicada ad from the 2004 Presidential Campaign between President GW Bush and now Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Cicada from laura crawford on Vimeo.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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