"What if America wasn't America?" That was the question posed by a series of ads broadcast in the wake of the September 11th attacks, ads which depicted a dystopian America bereft of liberty: Library
. Together with more positive ads like Remember Freedom
and I Am an American
, they encouraged frightened viewers to cherish their freedoms and defend against division and prejudice in the face of terrorism (seven years previously
). The campaign was the work of the Ad Council
, a non-profit agency that employs the creative muscle of volunteer advertisers to raise awareness for social issues of national importance. Founded during WWII as the War Advertising Council, the organization has been behind some of the most memorable public service campaigns in American history
, including Rosie the Riveter
, Smokey the Bear
, McGruff the Crime Dog
, and the Crash Test Dummies
. And the Council is still at it today, producing striking, funny, and above all effective
PSAs on everything from student invention
to global warming
to arts education
to community service
Additional resources: A-to-Z index of Ad Council campaigns
- Campaigns organized by category
- Award-winning campaigns
- PSA Central
: A free download directory of TV, radio, and print PSAs (registration req'd)
- An exhaustive history of the Ad Council [46-page PDF]
- YouTube channel
- Vimeo channel
- Twitter feed
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 11, 2009 -
New York City PBS affiliate WNET have digitized 9 episodes of Soul!
, a early 1970's live music program, providing a groovy video interface with chapters to break down each hour long episode. [more inside]
posted by myopicman
on Apr 23, 2009 -
To celebrate its 40th birthday, PBS has loaded - and continues to load - tons of content into its new, slick, Coverflow-ish on-demand site
. Full episodes of American Experience
, American Masters
, Great Performances
, Masterpiece Theater
, the NewsHour
and a bunch more
are now online.
posted by jbickers
on Apr 22, 2009 -
While Adult Swim
is generally regarded as the pioneer of irreverent short-form animation
-- especially for 'toons
-- it wasn't always the king. In fact, the late-night programming block arguably found its birth in a series
of short toons
that ran in the heyday of its daytime alter ego, the venerable Cartoon Network. The brainchild of C.N. Creative Director Michael Ouweleen and Hanna-Barbera chief Fred Seibert, these cartoons reinterpreted the network's properties through stock footage, indie music, and original animation in a wide variety of styles, as well as introducing prototypes of characters that would become some of the most famous in the history of American animation. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 30, 2008 -
TV in Japan.
A hyper representation of what airs, or has aired on Japanese TV. Ranging from action packed to truly awesome (and from monkeys to ninjas), set your eyes to "dazzled" and brain to "frazzled".
posted by myopicman
on Apr 13, 2007 -
neave.tv is an experimental use of video over the web...
To watch, you'll need a broadband connection (>1mb) and a fast computer (1GHz or higher).
posted by crunchland
on Sep 19, 2006 -
MTV turns 25 today.
Music Television, otherwise known as MTV
, was launched with its first broadcast on 1 August 1981, 25 years ago today. Famously, the first video broadcast was the Buggles'
"Video Killed the Radio Star." Ironically, MTV evidently isn't going to acknowledge its anniversary on-air in any way, with a spokeswoman saying that "We made the decision when MTV was founded to always stay young and evolve with our audience. To do that, it has been important to serve our audience at that moment, not our audience of yesterday." This is about par for the course, though, since when was the last time that MTV actually broadcast music videos
? A broader question: does anybody who wasn't weaned on MTV (or anybody who was, for that matter) care anymore
posted by blucevalo
on Aug 1, 2006 -
Nam June Paik
passed away on Sunday
. We'll read educated commentaries
in the next few days, but what I most affectionately remember about him is how his work made me laugh happily during the 70s and 80s. A precursor of video art, he was the first to use plugged tv sets as building blocks in the most playful
ways. His TV Buddha
is arguably an unsurpassed classic (a motionless moving image, an outside observation of an inner meditation, even -why not?- a premonition of a blogger) (this last one is a joke: I told you Paik made me laugh). R.I.P.
posted by bru
on Jan 30, 2006 -
Ultra scary puppets sing hymns of love
Via Boing Boing, the scariest tv show that I have ever seen in my life. The poor puppetry, the references to God, the organ sound it all comes together to burn into your brain. Children subjected to this will remember it forever. I think I may even have cold sweats about it in the night.
Its long but worth it. (Quicktime movie)
posted by ClanvidHorse
on May 30, 2005 -
presents Ian MacKaye performing "Vowel Movement" for the kiddies. As a friend said, this site has "pancakes and indie rock and bob mould as a corporate goon all in one package." [via sullivan
posted by ifjuly
on Apr 8, 2004 -
The Open Video Project
offers nearly 2,000 videos from various sources and collections, including such gems as 34 reels from the 1930s and 40s in the Digital Himalaya Project
, a series of classic television commercials
, and, from the Library of Congress, some shorts from the early 1900s, including the popular 2 a.m. in the Subway
and A Ballroom Tragedy
("Vaudeville" is a good search term for finding more like this). Also, especially for MeFi, Johnny Learns His Manners
posted by taz
on Oct 12, 2003 -
Skeletor and Gang:
What is it about the combination of stop-motion animation, He-Man action figures, and sped-up heavy metal that makes me laugh until I hurt? "Skeletor, Mantenna and Grizzlor are having a party! Oh no! Moss-Man attacks! Defend us Squeeze!"
posted by emptybowl
on Apr 5, 2002 -
is tomorrow's technology today -- its "TiVo on steroids,"
according to Joachim Kim,
a creator of a new technology that enables users (which may at sometime include the public on a subscription model) to pull up video-quality or better streaming footage of any television show
that aired or is currently airing, including (or not including) the commercials, all in a handy web application. The limitations are endless
Such a technology could prove deadly for the big TV networks (down the road sometime), although ShadowTV seems optimistic to work with content providers.
[Thanks to Professor Michael Rosenblum at NYU for introducing our Televison and the Information Explosion
class to tomorrow' technology.]
Now, let me begin planning that 7-season Star Trek: Voyager marathon...
posted by nyukid
on Apr 20, 2001 -