An Australian PSA condoning Sexting shows a girl texting an image of her breasts to a boy in the same class. The boy then forwards that image on to the rest of the classroom including the teacher. And because this is a PSA against the practice of sexting, the poor girl gets multiple looks of disapproval.
But while the PSA preaches self respect and kindness, the actions displayed in the PSA are far from that. While sending a nude image of oneself isn't the smartest thing to do...especially in high school...anyone with a half a brain can figure out that if that message was texted to you, it was meant only for you. And that forwarding it on is just wrong and mean...yet that's exactly what this PSA condones.
If you're going to preach good behavior, you can't do it using bad behavior as the hook.
Cohn & Wolfe and non-profit group Project Kaisei partnered to create an Eco-reality show campaign on Facebook starring a goldfish named Kai. The efforts aims to call attention to the impact of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. A live streaming video shows Kai in a habitat full of plastic - a representation of dirty areas of the Pacific ocean..
Every donation made to Project Kaisei removes a piece of plastic from Kai's home and helps fund the organization's third cleanup expedition in the North Pacific Gyre.
Following Japan's earthquake and tsunami, The One Club and the Art Directors Club, in along with with AKQA teamed to get the creative community to help Japan rebuild. The program, Creatives Unite for Japan, urges the creative community to band together to raise funds for Japan.
All collected contributions will fund The Ashinaga Foundation, a non-profit Foundation established in 1963 to provide aid to children who have lost their parents due to hardship, economic or natural disasters.
Of the effort, The One Club CEO Mary Warlick said, "The creative community has always had a strong connection to the design community in Japan. This is our way of helping to rebuild the future."
Well if we actually used Chome - we can't because of a nagging cursor jumping problem - we'd probably end up donating millions to UNICEF. Why? Well if two Miami Ad School students, Lisa Zeitlhuber and Katharina Schmitt, have their way, their Donate a Word program would incorporate a "donate this word to UNICEF" option into Chrome's drop down spell check menu. All to raise money to educate children how to spell. Nice idea.
Not quite as emotional and horrifically gut wrenching as that PSA from Ireland's Road Safety Authority but this road safety PSA from the National Coalition for Safer Roads which explores the familial devastation running a red light can cause.
The PSA centers on three women who share their story about how their loved ones were lost because someone ran a red light and killed them.
"No one ever thinks it will happen to their family," said David Kelly, president and executive director of NCSR. "Unfortunately, it's far too common. Every day, innocent lives are lost because of red-light running. This new PSA helps educate motorists about the dangers of red-light running and shows people how to get involved in our national coalition to make our roads safer."
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 113,000 people were injured and 676 were killed in crashes that involved red-light running in 2009 - two-thirds of the victims were pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles hit by the red-light runners.
- Fish sing for depressing. Strange. Very strange.
- Two R/GA creatives, Fabian Berglund and Ida Gronblom. have just joined Wieden + Kennedy.
- A single click can help change the world. Some nice work that's part of the YouTube Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest. It comes from Schacar Aylon in Israel.
- Lymbix hopes to call attention to email misunderstandings and miscommunication with ToneCheck, a site that tests the tone of your email before you send it.
- If you were wondering why there were skeletons on the walk/don't walk sign in New York, here's an explanation for you.
Calling attention to the plight of small children and their place in the disturbing world of child sex trafficking and exploitation, comes this video from Love146, a group run by Rob Morris. In 2002, Morris, along with a few friends, traveled to Southeast Asia to see, first hand, what the trafficking of children looked like.
Morris was dismayed at what he saw. Children lined up behind a glass wall with numbers affixed to them. He stood there, along with other men from around the world, and watched as the children were bid on as if they were cattle at auction.
According to Love146, human trafficking is the second largest income generating syndicate in the world. In addition, two children are sold every minute. That's depressing.
- Apparently, it's all about the D cups when it comes to Seafolly advertising campaigns.
- The Festival of Media, held in Montreaux for two days last week, has announced its Media Awards. The full list of winners can be seen here (PDF).
- Fiat Street Evo is a new app that recognizes traffic signs and transforms them into features of the new Punto Evo. The app recognizes traffic signs as if they were QR codes and it associates each sign with a feature directly related to that sign.
- Lenny Kravitz has signed a deal with Jeep to become its brand ambassador and will appear in a national advertising campaign and an upcoming short film.
- Here's some interesting non-profit work done for the Salvation Army.
Justine Ezarik, otherwise known as iJustine, has partnered with MASScanvas, an organization that brings together celebrities, designers and charities, to launch the Fluidity Challenge. And the challenge is simple: Create a T-shirt design, in any style, that best address the theme of fluidity.
Five winners will be awarded $1,000 in cash following a public vote and final selection by Justine. And, after a 30-day period of the 5 winning designs being available for sale in the MASScanvas online store, the top-selling T-shirt designer will win an additional $1,500.
Who is Justine and why should you care about her? For those who have been living under a rock, Justine is an American viral video comedienne, actress, life-caster, vlogger, freelance graphic/web designer and video editor and, of course, famous on YouTube. She is the most subscribed to female comedienne/personality on YouTube with almost 1.9 million subscribers and over a million twitter followers.
And if you haven't already noticed, she's hot. Really hot. In the same month she was named one of the Hollywood Reporters 50 most powerful digital players, she was also named one of Maxim Magazine's Hot 100. She has worked with brands from Mattell, Ford, GE, and Carls Jr. and been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Fast Company and many others as well as made numerous guest appearances on shows including Law and Order and Criminal Minds.
In a new video for DrinkingandDriving.org, MySpace queen and reality TV star Tila Tequila says, "My name may be Tila Tequila but that doesn't mean I drink and drive." The tiniy hottie goes on to say, "If you need a ride home, it's simple. Just call a cab or have one of your sober friends take you home.
Tila joins Violet Kowal, the Salahis, January Ryan, Michael Lohan and others for the cause group's efforst against drunk driving. On May 31, the organization will host a "Celebrity Charity Tabloid Roast" to raise money for the organization.