For Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, DDB, LA ran a campaign where real-life warmongers become video game reviewers.
We've been putting off covering it because watching all the spots (:60 EACH!) seems so labor-intensive. After sitting through all five, we've concluded they are less funny versions of this Hitler Xbox spoof.
Ah yes, the Whopper Freakout. Or, "How Americans Obsess Over the Silliest Things." But don't listen to us bitch because this latest Burger King work from Cirspin Porter + Bogusky is good. Really good. They created an eight minute, candid camera-style video in which Burger King patrons are told the chain has removed the Whopper from its menu for good. People freak. We laugh. ANd the King shows up at the end to set the record straight: it's just a big joke. No worries. The Whopper is here to stay.
Particularly funny is a scene in which a man returns his bag to the counter because there's Wendy's burger in the bag. He gets angry. There were no fights though or they were edited out. It's nice piece of work. It's different. It's actually watchable.
Who knew behind the grizzled, embattled facade of George Parker lay a man of intelligence, eloquence and insight? Well, we always did but for those who are new to George and his expletive-laden blog, AdScam, it might come as a surprise the man knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to advertising having done it since the days of Mad Men.
For a recent PSFK Conference in LA, the self described "archetypal dirty old man" interviewed Suicide Girls Founder Missy (who apparently has no last name) talks about the community she started back in 2001 as an experimental art project as a way to give girls a place to express themselves. It's actually a nicely insightful look into something that's a whole lot more than a site full of hot women.
Now that Hal Riney has shit on Adrants, we thought it might be nice to offer up some related news courtesy of DulcoEase, a product that, in this commercial, is aligned with saving a waitress from a rogue stool. It's one of those monotonous videos with an excruciating slow set up that's so long it gives you plenty of time to figure out exactly what's going to happen. If you don't want to wait, just skip to half way through the video and you'll get the point.
Here's a bummer of significant proportions. SF group Richter Scales posted a parody video on YouTube about the impending pop of our rancidly ripe Web 2.0 bubble. It's a shame. We would've liked to see it.
The group used a bunch of images found online, mashed up to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.
OMG! AOL did something funny! So where do you find taser guy Andrew Meyer, "leave Britney alone" guy Chris Crocker and "um...the Iraq" Miss Teen South Carolina all together in one place? In an AOL commercial for its new AOL News site, of course. Two other videos will be released and if they are as funny as this one, we just might forgive AOL for buying Time/Warner back in the day. The witty creative gurus over at AKQA are to blame for this brilliance.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.