The Harry Situation Gets Hairy


On Shake Well Before Use, Social Media Insights Consultant Ariel Waldman has written a detailed analysis and review of a campaign hair care company Garnier has launched which involves blog briber PayPerPost (now hiding behind the walls of social media company IZEA) and what is purported to be a new TV show called The Harry Situation. On the show's website, clips highlight the sexual innuendo and double entendre-laden theme of the show. It also covers what's being sold as dispute between the show's creators and Garnier who pulled their sponsorship because of the show's racy content.

Of course, the controversy isn't real. Either is the show. It's all part of an elaborate ad campaign complete with what appear to be paid blog posts and a YouTube video featuring Garnier SVP of Sales Steve Lutz who explains why the company pulled their sponsorship.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Opinion, Social, Video, Weblogs

Video Provides Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Twitter


If you're interested in Twitter, what it's all about and how it's effecting the way people interact online, a video called Phantom Limb explores the phenomenon and how it benefits people's lives.

It's definitely one Web 2.0 (damn, I hate using that buzz word) thing that seems to have stuck.

by Steve Hall    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Social, Video

Wal-Mart Blogs Again, Road Kills, MEC Wins, Getty Awards


- Walmart's doing the blog thing again. Hopefully they'll get it right this time.

- PETA might not like this crazy road kill lady but we do. Except for those nasty teeth of hers.

- Cynopsis Digital reports, "NBC Universal added another platform for its download-to-own content - SanDisk's flash memory aided Fanfare service scheduled to launch in January. Fanfare is yet another PC to TV device that simplifies the transfer of content by allowing video to be downloaded to a USB drive then walked over to the TV."

- OMMA has announced its 2007 Agency of the Year Awards and has crowned Mediaedge:cia's MEC Interaction top honors.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Video, Weblogs

Q: Why Don't Creatives Like Working on Property Brochures?


Hitler is one fucked-up agency executive.

This is almost as funny as Hitler gets banned, a homage to his love for the Xbox.

It's great that we've learned to laugh at this icon for human tragedy. But how long before our laughter eases the stigma around the toothbrush mustache? Until an ordinary man can walk about with one, sans persecution, our work is far from done.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Spoofs, Video

Hot Lips Spout Merits of Social Networking in UK


Look, a pair of plump red lips telling you what she wants ... from marketers and content providers. And she's got a British accent.

In terms of ambition, the video is a lot like this, except you're watching lips move instead of a cursor. Guess there's something to be said about that.

This would-be viral is brought to you by Redwood Publishing, which hopes to spark a discussion about what users really want, and what our future may look like.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Opinion, Publishing, Video

Wii Gamers Find Joy in 'Passion of the Christ'-Style Torture


Christmas is the time of year when when all that yuletide stuff rings from every street corner. When Salvation Army Santas are at every doorway. A time when love and joy supplant ego-fueled ladder climbing. A time when visions of sugar plumbs infiltrate the dreams of children. A time when the sound of sleigh bells brings a smile to everyone's face. I time when Rockefeller Place becomes an oasis from the city's grind. Christmas is the time when violence-fueled gamers beat the shit out of Jesus Christ.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-07    
Topic: Bad, Spoofs, Video

Bible Tales Repurposed to Guilt Gluttons into Conscious Consumption


For many, nothing ushers in the holidays like the story of Mary and Joseph's return to Bethlehem, right before the birth of Jesus.

But in Green Thing's version of the story, Mary and Joseph are selling a new kind of salvation: environmental awakening.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 6-07    
Topic: Cause, Online, Video

Toy Inspectors Plead Their Case in Consumers Union Video


Sometimes people beg and beg and beg us to write stuff. OK, so they don't beg but they are very persistent. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Usually it doesn't. But when the persistent person is also a very nice person, their effort has a much better chance of happening as it did in this case. Of course it helps if what we're being asked to look at is actually good...which is the case with this funny video from Consumers Union.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Video

Folksonomy Socially Graphs the Ajaxed Web 2.0 Bubble


If you don't think we're in a bubble reminiscent of 1999-2001, take a look at this video. It's amazing what a bit of time crunched historical retrospective will do to one's perspective on that topic. It's pretty amazing what's happened in the last two to three years. This video captures it and more. Give it a look and then let us now whether or not you think we're in a bubble and if you think it's about to pop. Comment here or over on AdGabber where the video is hosted.

Be sure to check out the similarly styled video on the last two years worth of viral videos.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-07    
Topic: Trends and Culture, Video

LA Ecology-Focused Non-Profit Gets Aminated Love


Repping company Resource has created Treesource, an organization that donates to charities including the LA-based natural resources-focused non-profit TreePeople. To promote Treesource, Cole Gerst, option-g and 2todesign have created two short videos (one, two) each beautifully illustrated. Yes, it took us a few to get all those trees and sources straight too.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Video

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