This tape features raw footage for the documentary "None of the Above," an in depth ethnographic look at non voters in this country. This video features footage and interviews with Michael and Holly Bowser of Morro Bay, California. Bowsers #5.
00:00Copy video clip URL This tape continues with an interview by John Callaway with Michael and Holly Bowser at a park in Morro Bay. He first asks them about the system of government in America and whether or not it’s fair. The two seem very bothered by the current system and it’s effect on the poor. They continue to argue their point by citing the illogical aspects of the system.
03:39Copy video clip URL Callaway asks the two what they believe would improve television. Michael begins to talk about children’s television and the need for educational programming. Michael talks about his disdain for the Power Rangers television series. Holy also goes into detail about the need for better children’s television. Michael goes on to talk about the rise in crime in the inner cities as well.
08:43Copy video clip URL Michael talks about the major life change he made after marrying Holly and becoming the primary breadwinner in their family. Michael talks about the satifaction in taking care of his family. They go on to talk about the effect of voting in this country. This lasts for several minutes.
14:51Copy video clip URL Michael calls the election process “a popularity game” and goes into detail about a statment made by then President Bill Clinton about gay marriage. The two go into detail about their media intake habits, specifically about the amount of news they receive on a daily basis.
20:01Copy video clip URL When asked whether the government deserves more credit for the work they do, Michael and Holly respond by talking about the problems that the government has yet to really address. Michael goes on to comment on both the system’s positive and negative aspects. “I think as a society America is just about the best in the world. There are a few things that we need to clean up obviously. We need to have health care for everybody. We need to make sure that no kid goes hungry in this country, and I mean that seriously. Kids should have an education and they should be fed, and they should be clothed. I don’t care who does it. We have the money in this country to do it.” Michael goes on to cite a number of his concerns about the welfare system.
25:18Copy video clip URL Michael talks about what it’s like to be a part of a family. Michael states, “It’s warm, I mean it feels good. I’m part of a circle that is completely nurturing.” The two go on to talk about Michael’s adjustment to family life and how that changed him. The two go into great detail about the positivity that developed out of their getting married. This lasts for several minutes.
33:45Copy video clip URL The two talk about what could possibly break up their marriage. Callaway and Weinberg then take a few pictures with the Bowser parents. The rest of the tape is made up of footage from around the park area.
38:48Copy video clip URL Tape ends.