Grandson Acts Like Idiot to Get Grandmother's Attention

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You know those people with gray hair and wrinkles? Come on, you know who we're talking about! It's not like they're just inconsequential bumps on a log. They're the elderly! They're your grandparents! They've been through a lot of shit and they deserve your respect and attention. Which, apparently, is the goal of this PSA.

But, sadly, all this ad seems to accomplish is to cement the notion that young people, once and for all, are just bothersome idiots.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-10    
Topic: Cause, Strange



Samsung Strong, Windows 7 Phone Weak

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- Samsung memory cards are strong. Very very strong. Shock proof. Water proof. Magnet proof. And idiot proof.

- Texting and Driving Don't MiRobin Landa, Professor at Robert Busch School of Design and her publisher John Wiley & Sons are asking students throughout the country to create a 30 second video or ad to dissuade people from texting while driving.

- Here's a commercial for Anna Sui cosmetics. There's nothing all that special about it but there's nothing all that wrong with it either.

- A silent auction and cash bar will be held this Wednesday evening, September 29, at Highbar in New York City to benefit Samantha Tuttlebee, an independent sales rep and former staff rep at 89 Editorial and BlueRock who is in dire need of a heart transplant.

- Two new commercials (one, two) for Windows 7 Phone. Yawn.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-10    
Topic: Cause, Consumer Created, Social, Video



If You Were A Celebrity, Would You Go Naked For PETA?

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RadarOnline's Jessica Campbell was on some red carpet somewhere and she decided to ask celebrities if they would go naked for the organization's ad campaigns. Everyone jumped in from James Cromwell to Glee's Lea Michele who said, "I don't think we need to see a billboard of me naked to know I am anti-fur. But if they asked I would probably do it."

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-10    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity



Drunk Driving Arrest Plays Out Over Social Media

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We've all seen those gut-wrenching PSAs that urge us not to drink and drive. The ones that show the emotionally intense ramifications of that poor decision. From the simple to full-on death and dismemberment. We're late to this but this new PSA from Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing for the Texas Department of Transportation takes a decidedly different approach.

We see a tweet about meeting for a drink at a local bar. The entire scenario then unfolds online on social media platforms such as Twitter, SMS, Facebook, Gowalla(?), online banking, Google, Gmail and LinkedIn. From start to finish, the story is told using today's methods of communication.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-23-10    
Topic: Best, Cause, Social



Domestic Abuse Rarely Stops

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Here's a domestic violence PSA that clearly shares the horrific violence of domestic abuse without actually showing the violence. And yet, it's more powerful than PSA's that do show the violence. Created by Y&R Chicago for the National Domestic Violence Abuse Hotline, the work is beautifully executed and brings us inside the mind of the victim if only for a minute to share her tragedy. And it delivers a truism about domestic violence: it rarely stops.

The spot is accompanied by Peter Gabriel's eerie Mercy Street as the woman looks at herself in the mirror, tries to heal herself only to realize there's no end to it. Unless, of course, she calls the NDVH hotline.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-23-10    
Topic: Best, Cause



Poo Promoted, Milkaholic Settled, Kindle Pool Spoofed

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- Is the New York Jets situation with Ines Sainz just another publicity stunt?

- Need to hype a stupid app that analyzes your poop? Take a shot of a chick with her tights down taking a dump in a stall. Yea. That'll do it.

- The Lindsay Lohan Milkaholic law suit thing has ended in settlement.

- Brooklyn creative agency Big Spaceship is out with new work for Microsoft. Called Always Beautiful, the "interactive music experience that uses the history of the web as a personal paintbrush" touts IE9.

- Counter-culture princess Charlyne Yi has shed her hair and dismissed food to raise awareness for OxFam America.

- For the Born HIV Free campaign and the Global Fund, YouTube is launching a campaign from Johannes Leonardo that will position 20 teams of campaign envoys at Manhattan intersections, holding signs with HIV facts that urge people to "free future generations from HIV by 2015."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-10    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity, Mobile/Wireless, Policy, Spoofs



PETA Wastes Water to Get People to Save Water (And Go Vegan)

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As the very cute PETA Spokesperson Lauren Stroyeck told the Tulsa news media how much water is wasted to process meat, two PETA employees, Virginia Fort and Lauren Quillo, showered nude in downtown Tulsa. The group claims more water can be saved by skipping one pound of meat than skipping a half year of showers

Explaining the stunt, Stroyeck said, "Facts and figures alone aren't usually enough to engage people but when they see two ladies showering on the sidewalk."

As Fort and Quillo shower in the background, Stroyeck contimues, saying, "Over half the water in the United States goes to raising and killing animals on factory farms."

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-10    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla



I Was Lovin' It Until I Saw This Commercial

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In a PSA from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine we see a dean man laying on a gurney with his grieving wife at his side. As the camera pans down his body, we see the man is holding a half-eaten hamburger. As the camera pans to his feet, we see the Golden Arches drawn over his cold feet and we hear a voice over tells us all the bad things a non-vegetarian diet can do to us.

The message is clear. McDonald's is killing us. Of course that's totally untrue. Much like the pro-gun camp would say, food doesn't kill people, people who put the wrong kind or too much of it in their mouth do. Obesity and all that comes with eating bad food isn't caused by a marketing campaign. It's caused by shoving the wrong food in one's mouth.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-14-10    
Topic: Cause, Opinion



9/11 Memorialized With...Lottery Balls

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Over the weekend, 9/11 memorials were held across the nation. In New York, one such memorial was held at at City Hall Park. Organized by inventors Steven Brandstetter and James Devlin of J&S Gaming, the event featured the pair's Lottery Ball Characters which were turned into life sized costumes to represent the likeness of a police officer and a fireman.

According to the press release, the purpose of the rally was to "pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect and serve our communities." Brandsetter and Devlin put the rally together with the consent of retired NYPD police officer Stan Jefferson who was reportedly forced into retirement because of an illness he contracted while working at Ground Zero.

Apparently, the government isn't doing all it can do and the rally aimed to bring that to the attention of the public.

The campaign also brought something else to light. The sad fact some people are so lacking in the common sense department, they have no idea when something grotesquely oversteps the line of acceptability. To diminish the lives of those lost during 9/11 to a couple of stupid lottery characters - as if the event were sponsored by Tony the Tiger or something - is deplorable, inexcusable and plain idiotic.

That is all.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-10    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Opinion, Worst



Choosing to Help A Child Not As Mundane As Choosing A Healthy Meal

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UK Charity National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has launched a new PSA to raise awareness of its Helpline people can call when they witness potential child abuse. The ad takes us through scene after scene of the mundane aspects of daily life until we are presented with a not so mundane aspect of daily life: the potential mistreatment of a child.

It captures perfectly that moment we go through when we decide whether or not to butt into other people's business and take matters into our own hands. There's always doubt. There's always hesitation. There's always embarrassment. But at some point, we make the decision it's better to stick our nose in for the greater good.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-10    
Topic: Cause










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