Category Archives: Video

BushHarper.com is almost good

BushHarper.com is a website created by the Liberals to expose how similar Bush and Harper is. Great! Except that it’s poorly executed.

All that’s on the site is a picture of Harper and Bush shaking their dirty hands and two YouTube videos. The potential for this site is great and it would have been so much better had they created a website that totally believed that Bush and Harper are indeed running for office. If they put up more content than just two videos the site could be something that goes viral in Canada. Still, the videos have a good number of views since they were uploaded on Oct. 1 with 18,514 and 9,439 views respectively.

The videos also play as attack ads against Harper and are blatantly supporting the Liberals. Had the videos been all about the “good” things that the two neo-cons have done it would have more effect. It could attack the very root of what’s wrong their policies. But I guess by doing that the Liberals would also be criticizing their own stances albeit indirectly. We can’t forget that Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin were the ones who helped set the stage for neoconservatives in Canada.

Here are the videos from the site:
On the economy:

On foreign policy:

Originally posted on my personal blog, AdamClare.com.

Consumed

The NYTimes magazine has an interesting article about Blendtec’s viral marketing campaign: Will It Blend? Some dude in a lab coat takes weird things and tries to blend them, hockey pucks, magnets… Recently, due to the increased popularity of the videos, other companies have being getting their products blended, there is a particularly gratuitous blending of nike shoes, and the following blatant iphone blending that has attracted over 5 million viewers:

Everybody knows that the iPhone can make phone calls, play movies & music, surf the web, and a lot more. But, Will It Blend? That is the question

It seems viral ad campaigns have begun to engage in savvy product placement, everybody wins! Or at least both Blendtec and the companies that pay them for blending their products do…

Project make McCain Exciting

About a month ago Colbert offered up a challenge to viewers to make McCain exciting by photoshoping green-screened footage of a mind-numbingly dull speech that was uploaded to colbert nation. He has been showing them on The Report ever since and there has been a ton of these videos created, here are some of the most popular and my personal (nerdy favourite)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

online video
The Center for Social Media has recently released a suggested code of best practice in fair use for online video.

More and more, video creation and sharing depend on the ability to use and circulate existing copyrighted work. Until now, that fact has been almost irrelevant in business and law, because broad distribution of nonprofessional video was relatively rare. Often people circulated their work within a small group of family and friends. But digital platforms make work far more public than it has ever been, and cultural habits and business models are developing. As practices spread and financial stakes are raised, the legal status of inserting copyrighted work into new work will become important for everyone.

It is important for video makers, online service providers, and content providers to understand the legal rights of makers of new culture, as policies and practices evolve. Only then will efforts to fight copyright “piracy” in the online environment be able to make necessary space for lawful, value-added uses.

Mashups, remixes, subs, and online parodies are new and refreshing online phenomena, but they partake of an ancient tradition: the recycling of old culture to make new. In spite of our romantic cliches about the anguished lone creator, the entire history of cultural production from Aeschylus through Shakespeare to Clueless has shown that all creators stand, as Isaac Newton (and so many others) put it, “on the shoulders of giants.”

Hulu Gets Steward and Colbert: Wins Free TV Battle

Hulu brings Daily Show

Online socialized broadcasting service Hulu just got a huge advantage over other online viewing services by scooping online favourites The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Viacom sued Youtube for illegally distributing the shows and in response, Youtube pulled them down.

Of course, like all the major American television networks, viewing is only available within the United States so Canadians and the rest of the world will have to spoof their ip address in order to watch.

MoveOn’s new contest: Obama in 30 seconds

so all the videos need to be pro-obama?  are they creating an actual campaign ad for obama?  i am not sure what moveon is doing here.  granted, all the videos from their previous contest were all in the same political vein…i just get a little squeamish that moveon, in essence, wants user-generated campaign videos.  not to knock obama, he’s super rad and all, but it’s a little creepy…