What if today's campaign tactics were applied to the election of 1860?
Crazed by this Presidential race, ad bloggers Make the Logo Bigger and Jetpacks ponder this question. Here's the fruit of their labours, "paid for by Friends of Douglas."
Contemporary context gave history both personality and a face. We laughed, we cried, we wondered -- ever so briefly -- what could have been.
Indentured servitude for me? Plantation micro-management for Steve? (Well, I guess one could argue that slavery was on its way out, even without that wee shove we dubbed the Reconstruction.) Propaganda aside, just how big of a deal is an election, anyway?
For its ongoing "Visionaries" campaign, ABSOLUT launched a three-month digital exhibit of Helmut Lang's Alles Gleich Schwer, a set of print artworks.
Beginning today, users can download a rotating variety of prints from the site, put together by Great Works.
At left is the one I downloaded. The image isn't much of a stunner, but note that my IP, location and download number and download time have been printed at left.
How novel: print art repurposed as digital dog-tag. Also vibes like a tribute to anyone that ever spent a sleepless night IP-tracing blog trolls. Hrm. Wonder if I should frame it.
Sheraton's Ultimate Paper Football Challenge is a little mindless fun for a slow workday. Keep an eye on that pesky west wind.
In case you naively wondered what paper football has to do with Sheraton, here's the catch: the game requires registration. I anticipate much spam in exchange for these two minutes of pleasure.
Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment uses the image of a coffin nail to declare, "The Cigarette is Dead!"
"Today, cigarette smoking has not only become passe due to all we've learned about its health effects, but, plainly speaking, it's become a difficult behavior to keep," gushes a press release with the undaunted conviction of a fourth-grade graduate of DARE.
"The days when smoking was socially acceptable are over!" (Zeal added by us.)
- The US Army has released a list of new technologies that could be used to enable terrorism. Twitter, MySpace and Facebook make the cut.
- The recession's not real! And neither is your loneliness.
- Here's a fun little site. Click on a pair of shoes to see a luxe little ad -- er, "dream" about it. The image at left is for the Vinyl Mary Jane-looking shoes. The Ultra Girl Night Sky one is probably my favourite though: jelly shoes, underwater. How novel.
- You know you hate the new Pepsi logo almost as much as you hate the douche-tacular smile/grin logic behind it. Why not make a new one? Show Pepsi what it could've had for far less money than it probably spent.
This work for the Oslo Department of Health which asks people to "click here to try drugs" is amazing. When you do click, you are taken through representative experiences of using marijuana, cocaine and heroine. It's all very trippy, complete with random confusing pop ups and a mouse that simply won't respond to your commands.
Very nice work which, to use fave buzz word of the day, engages quite nicely.
As only Simon Dumenco can, Twitter gets yet another lashing from an unbeliever. While Dumenco may be a non-believer, not one to drink the cult's Kool-Aid, he a makes a few good points. Twitter was launched in 2006 and still has yet to institute a business model steering the company towards anything more than its current status as plaything for social media-obsessed digerati.
As if it were in danger of becoming extinct...oh wait, it is, the National Blue Foundation is out with a couple of videos that attempt to illustrate a world in which blues does not exist. OK, the videos are fun but, seriously, does anyone listen to the blues anymore? OK, OK...apologies to the two of you that still do but really, Was Mick Jagger the best they could come up with?
Ames Scullin O'Haire created.
Hot damn. As November 4 nears and political ads grow increasingly more negative, MoveOn.org -- which has a knack for instigating a fight -- whips out its own ammo.
Non-voters are the target. This faux news video can be customized to include the name of any potential non-voter. Plug your name in to see it defamed across Facebook, in church marquees and among angry middle-aged protesters. (It's a surprisingly heady sensation. This must be how Heather Mills feels every single day.)
Aside from that sidebar about McCain bombing goats, the best part is when George W. Bush thanks you for your service. I think it gave me hypertension.
Because everyone knows that's tough to do.*
Check out Ericsson's Darkside campaign, where you plug your likeness into a pre-made spooky YouTube video.
Brando, the left-of-center agency responsible, even provided one-click ways to "viral it out" via Facebook and email. So, like, wow, you don't have to do jack to get your face on the front of the internets.