"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 -
Read all about it! Discover all the news! Read all about it! Track down all the clues!
With interesting people there's a mystery to be solved! An adventure is unfolding, so why not get involved? Come on and
READ ALL ABOUT IT.
Young Chris is left an old coach house by his missing uncle. As he and his two friends fuddle with the lock, a strange figure watches. The kids do not yet know the building is the entrance to a mystery that spans time and space! Aided by Otto the IBM Selectric
robot typewriter and Theta the spooky as hell
talking viewscreen, they will find that the concerns of an alien tyrant reach into the government of their own town. (24 of 40 15-minute episodes, including the entire first season, of this early-80s TV Ontario-produced "educational" show are on YouTube
.) [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Apr 5, 2009 -
In 1981, ABC aired a program in daytime that, while pre-dating the After School Special
format, was a moralist tale aimed at children. "The Wave"
was based on the classroom experiments of Ron Jones
, which at the time went largely undocumented and were primarily anecdotal. The Third Wave
as he called it, fooled the children of his class into creating a fascististic movement within the school complete with symbolism and salutes. [more inside]
posted by mediocre
on Dec 28, 2008 -
Open Culture's "10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube"
features "intellectually redeemable" channels from UC Berkeley, @GoogleTalks, TheNobelPrize, TED Talks, FORA.tv, the European Graduate School, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, PBS, UChannel, MIT, Vanderbilt,
posted by Soup
on Dec 27, 2007 -
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 -
Join Hitler and his pirate robots on a hacky journey of learning. Eight video tutorials
on how to create a great video pilot (starring Jack Black, with a cameo by Andy Dick as a police car)
. Just be aware... true success in the entertainment business entails a lot more
than just decent cinematography.Courtesy Acceptable.tv and Channel101.com (of Yacht Rock fame.)
posted by miss lynnster
on Mar 31, 2007 -
With a typically punny Hollywood Reporter headline, the news is out that Anheuser-Busch's new video site with Original Content (launched during the Super Bowl, naturally) is not nearly as popular as expected. The promoters blame the registration/age-verification requirement for discouraging users (noted here
earlier today), but 21 State Attorneys General say it's not discouraging enough
. But is the content any good?
Here are a couple reviews
No, I didn't link or even mention the site's obvious address. I don't want anybody to think I actually encourage stuff like this ;)
posted by wendell
on Mar 18, 2007 -
Got some free time over the New Year's long weekend? Well, here's every episode (or damn near it) of Aqua Teen Hunger Force
, Clone High
, Moral Orel
, Robot Chicken
, South Park
), Venture Brothers
. Or over here
, there's all those and more
my friends, there's more, yes, even more
: for the same low price, I'll include the Ultimate Motherlode of Music Video (11,500 of them, or your money back!)
, alphabetized for your viewing pleasure. Just free up some bandwidth, and step inside ...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Dec 29, 2006 -
A Yule Log for your iPod.
If you don't live in the New York area, and you have one of those fancy video iPods, you can now download some holiday cheer from Channel 11. (Their Yule Log phenomenon was previously discussed here
.) For more information about Yule Log traditions, wikipedia features in depth articles on both the traditional
and the modern
. [Inspired by logging out of gmail.]
posted by jann
on Dec 23, 2005 -
A bunch of crazy japanese guys keep howling and screaming and throwing jelly around and then there are sneakers and then... I really have no idea what this is all about, but it's really funny. Warning: This site seems to load pretty slow sometimes. And: Try the knobs of the tv-set and these little Icons below. *Really* weird.
posted by heimkonsole
on Jun 22, 2005 -
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 -