The Carnival of Ideas: Thought Candy for Creative Conspiracy Theorists

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YouTube's given rise to more than its fare share of pro-bono talking heads, so it's not often we watch any one "thought leader" video in full. But "The Command Economy," an ad manifesto from Carlos Mandelbaum's Carnival of Ideas, gave us pause. (He's got these expressions that grab you! And we love that musical text-reader gimmick.)

Listen with audiovisual fixation as he explains how the '80s ruined everything (which we already knew), and how advertisers' bad-ass commanding attitude have something major in common with the Berlin Wall.

It's tasty bait, and we wanna find out where he's taking us.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-09    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Trends and Culture, Video



This Video Has Been Viewed Every 4 Seconds Since It Went Live.

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It's called "Ken Block Gymkhana Practice." (But what is Gymkhana?, you ask.)

We didn't really get the big deal, but that was before we realized our fingers had burrowed into the glass tabletop. Then Ken Block did donuts around a guy on a Segway, and it was like, "Ohhh."

(It's racer porn. Plenty sexier than that one time you watched two Ford Fiestas tango in London. Even if you're not a speed junkie, the handling depicted in Gymkhana is fit to give you tingles.)

Mad Media put the video together in collaboration with Ken Block, DC Shoes and Subaru. Stats listed below.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Online, Sponsorship, Video, Viral



Daredevil Carves Pavement with Skis in the Name of ... Audi.

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Adgabber's Elyse drew our attention to this fresh online ad for Audi, which features an extreme skier doing crazy shit all over San Francisco -- a city known for its treacherously steep hills, railed streets, and slow-moving, trolley-shaped obstacles. Oh -- and lack of snow.

The German ad is a promotion for Audi's quattro Gefuhl. We don't know how or why, but there you have it. Fun work by Kemper Trautmann.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Animals Get Weird, Pretty PA Wanted, Zugara Twits, Mullen Tweets

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- Like animals? Like strange "viral" videos? Jonesing for anything Samsung? Then check out this seeded video from The Viral Factory.

- The 12th annual One Show Interactive Awards will take place on May 8th at Terminal 5 in New York as part of The One Club's Festival Week which includes The One Show on May 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center and One Show Design on May 4 at the IAC Building in New York.

- Creative director seeks hot personal assistant on Craigslist.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video



Cisco Explains Mobile Internet to Common Man

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Okay. See the hands at left grasping greedily for the giant diamond? That's supposed to represent the mobile web ... and the faceless villains that will immediately try to exploit it.

This is the first of a three-part video series that explains the whole "4G=IP" thing to people that buy tech items, such as iPods, primarily because they like the pretty colours.

We're suckers for smooth animated magic -- and for Cisco in general -- so we kept our eyes on the piece, which was a comfortable length and not too stuffed with strange-sounding geek noises. It's possible we even learned things.

That squeaky Adventures in Odyssey-sounding narrator kinda pissed us off though.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Video



Frito Lay: The Snackie of Choice for Tech Romantics

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Feed Company sent us some online video magics for Frito-Lay, the good folks that bring you both Sun Chips and beef jerky. (They also own Cracker Jack. Now that's just impressive.)

Inspired, wethinks, by their own chip-and-dip combinations, the campaign premise is Made for Each Other. Each painfully adorable video features a piece of technology on that lonely and familiar quest for The One.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Video



Learn Power Games, Acronyms and Crucial Euphemisms at Camp Network!

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Rebel Virals did something we imagined was impossible: it created a B2B online video for Microsoft that is actually funny -- not because it's sad, but because it's funny.

We're just happy we were alive to see it.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Video



Cosmote Promotes a Schizophrenic Everyday (as YOU See It!)

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Greek mobile phone network Cosmote is promoting its social merits with "Our world is you" -- shorthand for in our world, you can do whatever you want.

The ad aims to represent "the everyday as you see it," and is supposed to be a snapshot of the world from the perspectives of different individuals.

But mostly we just felt confused. A guy walks out into an ordinary street. Suddenly there are cowboys, and a space ship -- by gad, is that a giant disembodied heart?! -- then it snows, shortly before everything dissolves into a big awesome rave.

We did the only thing we could do under the circumstances: we tore out our brains and stepped on them.

Lively stuff, though!

Agency: Bold Ogilvy. Song: anti-war hymn "I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Video



Mr. Trooper: Proof of the Social Importance of Cheerleaders

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To demonstrate gratitude to the US troops fighting overseas -- and encourage other people to do it, too -- musician Astara Mink came up with "Mr. Trooper," a smoky, sugary-sweet '40s-style anthem.

The video was done pro-bono and directed by Scott McCullough. It features five all-American sex kittens (including Mink) that occasionally wear teeny little polos, and other times wear nothing but the Stars and Stripes. They do things like simper and dance in tandem. There's even one of those scenes where they lie on the ground and make snowflake shapes with their legs.

Families with a soldier of their own can buy a Mr. Trooper video here. As for the heterosexual female troops, we're sure somebody's coming up with a showtune for you too. Well ... don't hold us to that.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-09    
Topic: Cause, Online, Specialty, Trends and Culture, Video



Revisionist Historians Add The Watchmen to Man's Timetable

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Every once in awhile you come across some viral propaganda that's actually pretty neat, actually. (Consider.)

Hoping to reignite the sleeping flames of The Watchmen comic series fans, Rubber Republic launched a YouTube channel to populate with retro news stories.

Commentary's mostly favourable and views are high: all signs of happy viral life. People seem impatient for more news stories to appear as the public release of The Watchmen draws near. (In theatres March 6, boys and girls.)

We're suckers for an elaborate backstory, so this is some pretty cool shit. Hopefully the film will maintain the same fidelity to the spirit of the original comics.

Find more goodies -- including a retro game, widgets and all the necessary social network tie-ins -- at thenewfrontiersman.net. One of the videos has also been posted below.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Guerilla, Online, Social, Video, Viral








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