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Ben & Jerry\'s iTunes giveaway

updated 08:10 am EDT, Thu April 29, 2004

Ben & Jerry\'s giveaway

page rewards those who make a pledge to vote in U.S. elections on November 2 with an entry to win an iPod, 20" iMac, or a trip to Vermont to visit Ben & Jerry's. Additionally, the first 50,000 entrants will receive a free music download from iTunes.

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  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Ben and Jerry's", huh

    Traslation: non-Democrat voters need not apply...

  1. no use for a nick

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They just said I had to promise to vote. It says nothing about who you have to vote for. I'll take free music from anyone. Pepsi, B&J's...whatever.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What? Ben & Jerry's is a traditionally liberal company. However, their goal is simply to increase voter turnout. They want *everyone* to vote.

    Not every political action is partisan, and to assume it is, is to be far more partisan and cynical than those you accuse. It is in the best interest of everyone in a democracy for everyone to vote.

  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Alannis' oath

    It's nice to see Alannis Morissette listed (on the B&J site) as a rock star who has taken the "oath to vote." Only problem is, to the best of my knowledge, she's still a Canadian citizen and thus inelegible to vote in U.S. elections. We can still use your vote up here though Alannis.

  1. MacinMind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It is partisan

    On their page read "Turn it around". They are buying votes. How Democratic! (pun and sarcasm intended)

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Register, schmegister

    I'm already a registered voter, and voted in the every election since I was old enough to vote... I just want to win free Apple stuff! :)

  1. edtekker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not hardly

    It's only "buying votes" if the person receiving the song has to demonstrate some sort of commitment to vote the way B&J want. Sure, they're using a benefit to draw people to their point of view, but that's how democracy typically works. It's certainly no more "buying votes" than to say "vote for me and I'll lower your taxes" or "vote for me and I'll raise your Social Security." At least they're using their own money, and not tax revenues.

    To get mildly partisan, however, I find it informative that Democrats tend to favor programs that increase voter participation (Motor Voter, for instance) and Republicans tend to oppose them. How many conservative groups do you see out there trying to get more voters registered?

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if you think they're some liberal whacko's trying to turn things around then, uh, don't vote! that'll show 'em. in fact, i hope you don't.

  1. jgrubic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I couldn't get the form to work under Mozilla.

    It did work under Internet Exploder.

    And who cares what methods they use to get people to vote? The only reason we have this idiot in office right now is because too many people sit on their asses and don't vote. Then they complain about how things are going (and they are going TERRIBLY, people)...

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Broken Gecko Javascript?

    I tried to pledge using Camino, and as with the Moz user above, clicking on the confirm button did nothing. Went back with Safari, and it worked fine.

    Ironic that the Javascript apparently doesn't like Mozilla's implementation (or vice versa, rather)...

    As for "buying votes", since when is giving someone political information about your viewpoint, and then saying "Pledge to vote in the next election!" buying votes? If I disagree vehamently with their opinion, my pledge means just as much, since I'm pledging to vote the other way.

    At least they're just encouraging people to vote, rather than encouraging (enabling, rather) politicians to sway people one direction or another--they could just donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties like the big corporations do and buy themselves some influence (that statement holds true regardless of which party you favor).

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