What if today's campaign tactics were applied to the election of 1860?
Crazed by this Presidential race, ad bloggers Make the Logo Bigger and Jetpacks ponder this question. Here's the fruit of their labours, "paid for by Friends of Douglas."
Contemporary context gave history both personality and a face. We laughed, we cried, we wondered -- ever so briefly -- what could have been.
Indentured servitude for me? Plantation micro-management for Steve? (Well, I guess one could argue that slavery was on its way out, even without that wee shove we dubbed the Reconstruction.) Propaganda aside, just how big of a deal is an election, anyway?
Follow this logic. Groups such as Adbusters, Billboard Liberation Front, The Bubble Project, Banksy and Graffiti Research Lab hate advertising. So what do these groups do to share their distaste for the horrific practice known as advertising? They create more advertising to advertise their distaste for, yes, advertising.
Watch this five minute video and revel in its twisted logic and idiotic blatherings as it trys to apply logic to the illogical, passion to the
Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment uses the image of a coffin nail to declare, "The Cigarette is Dead!"
"Today, cigarette smoking has not only become passe due to all we've learned about its health effects, but, plainly speaking, it's become a difficult behavior to keep," gushes a press release with the undaunted conviction of a fourth-grade graduate of DARE.
"The days when smoking was socially acceptable are over!" (Zeal added by us.)
Football is for girls. That's right. It's for girls who are more concerned with how they look on the field then how they play. Hmm. Thank God there are still parts of the world in which sexism and political incorrectness reign supreme. If it weren't for the Czech Republic, we wouldn't have rugby.
Cause groups, send your complaints to Mather Communications.
As if it were in danger of becoming extinct...oh wait, it is, the National Blue Foundation is out with a couple of videos that attempt to illustrate a world in which blues does not exist. OK, the videos are fun but, seriously, does anyone listen to the blues anymore? OK, OK...apologies to the two of you that still do but really, Was Mick Jagger the best they could come up with?
Ames Scullin O'Haire created.
Hot damn. As November 4 nears and political ads grow increasingly more negative, MoveOn.org -- which has a knack for instigating a fight -- whips out its own ammo.
Non-voters are the target. This faux news video can be customized to include the name of any potential non-voter. Plug your name in to see it defamed across Facebook, in church marquees and among angry middle-aged protesters. (It's a surprisingly heady sensation. This must be how Heather Mills feels every single day.)
Aside from that sidebar about McCain bombing goats, the best part is when George W. Bush thanks you for your service. I think it gave me hypertension.
From 11.17.06. Apparently those living in Denmark have a care free attitude about a lot of things including speeding so the Danish Road Safety Council thought it was time for a different approach to enforce speed limits. The country now has Speed Control Bikini Bandits. Yes. It's exactly what it sounds like except the Bandits seem to have forgotten to wear their bikini tops when holding speed limit signs and urging drivers to obey the limits. Have fun with this witty campaign approach to speed control but if your boss doesn't like you watching naked women holding speed limit signs while shaking their boobs, you might want to properly angle your monitor before viewing.
Mos Def joins a whole train wreck of celebrities encouraging everyone in their sphere of influence to get out and vote. Unlike Hayden Panettiere and Serena Vanderwoodsen, however, he doesn't make the case for McCain or Obama.
Here he explains what he'd do as President.
The Rubicon Project tapped its "LA movie friends" to create this spoof vid, in which Channel 3 News goes behind the scenes to pinpoint the company's awesomeness.
I was told this would be "a tongue-and-cheek take on the magic" behind Rubicon's success, but until 1:25 it's nothing but pure pitch.
That was irritating. But afterward the whole thing was kinda funny.
Frank Addante is awesome as the young, arrogant startup douchebag. Know how Rubicon screens for talent and makes VC cash? Chugging contests. Not that that's a secret; anybody who's been to one of their parties could've figured that out.
Just wish I'd seen the hilarity coming before Minute One was up. Because seriously, I thought I'd been tricked into sitting for a demo. Actually, I still kinda suspect that I did.
The California Milk Advisory Board is screening for its next bovine star. And guess who gets to pick her? You! Between October 13 and September 30, trawl audition vids and cast your vote.
Of 10 total, only two videos, "Alicia" and "Jenn," are currently available to view. Alicia reeks of The Real World, and little Jenn's being constantly goaded on by her attention-starved mom.
Videos of the hopeful heifers will be repurposed as TV spots. I hope one of Silk's renegade soy cows enters, because no audition series is complete without some wacked-out anti-establishment radical.