We visited Weirdo Video back in 07
for propaganda films, but the YouTube channel
has been steadily updating with yesterday's ephemera. Why not enjoy some vintage newsreels about STRIKES! SULTANS! SUEZ! SAN FRANSISCO!
or some FITNESS FADS!
Software, and Instant Real-Time 1-Click Commissar Removal:
In the old days
, photographic purges were laborious and time-consuming. Modern software has of course made this process much faster, and now this important task can be applied to video, and in real-time
. Of course, if you don't want to actually remove someone or something, but instead simply want to turn ordinary men into Heroes of the Revolution and vixens into forgettable faces in the crowd, well, that too is an option
"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
- A short propaganda film created by the US government & the "Office of War Information - Bureau of Motion Pictures."
The subject has been much discussed previously on MetaFilter. Here
, among other threads.
Suicide Bombing: Just Say No.
Hollywood-style anti-suicide bombing PSA now in heavy rotation on Iraqi TV. Previously discussed here
before the spot was finished.
I just watched the chilling video of a sniper
[Flash, NSFW] in Iraq on TV. It was given to Paul McGeough of the Sydney Morning Herald
and published on their site. As discussed on The ABC Lateline
programme (transcript not available at posting time but pretty much covered by the SMH). Please read the report to put the video in perspective. It's propaganda but...
Animated video broadcast on Iran's IRIB
state television, apparently aimed at children, seemingly promotes the virtues of becoming a suicide bomber. Coralized wmv link
What Barry Says.
(mirror of the quicktime video
) Though it may stray towards the tinfoil hat in places, you can't dispute that a small group of neocons really is
actually trying to reform the world in their vision. But are they doing it merely for profit on the part of their closely related weapons companies? Even if you don't agree with its provacative message, it's a damn fine looking piece of type, design, and film all rolled into one 2 minute short [via randomfoo
Why does North Korea hate America?
Warning: Quicktime video, and NSFW to boot. Anti-American propaganda video made by North Koreans, for North Koreans. Unintentionally funny, or sheer genius? You be the judge.
Now that American media have shifted its focus on the bombings in Afghanistan with their objectivity
being molded by federal 'requests,' some of the more mundane information may never get any airtime or ink here in the U.S. Panorama, a German TV service,
have broadcast a wide angle video
of the 'jubilant Palestinians' that support articles published in Spiegel
magazines stating that the clip was staged
. The news of FBI lying to the media
to justify detaining a Saudi man for three weeks was buried in a blurb in page B-4 in Thursday's Times.
[Notes:  Stern.de article was referenced in The Inquirer. These two links are courtesy of Steven's USS Clueless.  The video link is to a 10 minute, 3.3 MB Real Media file. Jump to 7:45 and view to end. Alternative links: 1, 2, 3, 4.  Original German: Panorama TV, Spiegel Magazine.]