Videos for a fun friday

September 19, 2008

Red State Update is always good for a laugh. Today they tackle the Oprah controversy with Sarah Palin. Best joke in the video comes in the last segment.

Bristol Palin’s African-american baby daddy speaks out (and promotes his music). This has been making the rounds for a couple of weeks and I’m surprised it hasnt died yet but people are still forwarding it around.

If you need evidence of the death of “Hip-hop” I offer the following two videos. First up is MC Frontalot with a video called “It is pitch dark”. MC Frontalot combines the lyrical skills of a Lupe Fiasco with the social inclinations of Maurice Moss . This is geek rap at its musical best.

On the other side is “Its cold in the D” a scary but heartfelt ode to urban and musical blight.


Barack Obama Future President and Former Vampire Slayer

February 18, 2008

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It started back in June of ’07 with “I Got a Crush on Obama” and culminated in “Yes We Can“, people from all walks of life have taken Barak Obama’s message, reimagined it and then shared it with millions of their closest friends via the internet. That trend shows no signs of letting up as we get closer to election day. The latest in this trend is a short-film called Barackula. Made by first-time filmmaker Mike Lawson it promises to be an interesting indie media look at the early years of the future president. I’m hoping that its as interesting as their blog makes it sound, the movie was supposed to be released online yesterday but still isnt up and I cant wait to see it.

Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama (Justin Sherman) finds that he must convince the vampire society that opposing political philosophies can coexist or else the society may transform Obama to the dark side. Reminiscent to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a slight infusion of Jesus Christ Superstar, the film solely depicts Obama’s strengths, merits and genuineness while being quietly respectful towards the other presidential candidates.


Obama and McCain battle it out on YouTube

February 11, 2008

The nature of the medium has changed the tenor of the message. Two videos posted this month to YouTube show the power and potential impact of online messaging. The first is will.i.am’s inspirational probama (pro-Obama) video which has attracted millions of people with its moving subtext, great music, beautiful celebrities and grass-roots, folksy nature.

The truly transformative power of Internet messaging is its ability to level of the playing field and allow all voices to be heard. Seizing on this power, a group of political activist supporting John McCain, have posted an inspirational and moving video of their own. While lacking some of the production qualities of the will.i.am video, its another moving example of how the Interent is giving voice to impassioned, but previously voiceless Americans.


Research Tuesday: Research from around the web

June 28, 2007

Ok, so research Tuesday became research Wednesday Thursday.

Males Love Video Long Time
It’s been a reading week for me. Lots of great stuff to mull over and help shape ones thinking about digital media. Lets start with a report by consultancy Frank N. Magid & Associates with the irresistibly tantalizing header “80% of 18 – 24 Males Watch Online Video“. Only 53% of their female counter-parts are watching an equal amount of video. The report goes on to claim that news clips are the most watched content type. Teenage cat fights, skating injuries and soft-core porn dont even chart according to the report thus greatly reducing its credibility. Via Digital Media Wire

Ladies Love Drunk Texting
Ever gotten a drunk text at 3am from a former girlfriend, proclaiming her undying love and mounting desire for you? Maybe this just happens to me… Well, thanks to a new survey put out by Samsung we now have some fun research on these women. Yup folks, the technocrats at Samsung have put out a pretty funny research report outlining some of the cell usage behaviors of single women. The title is a good indication of the rest of the report: “Single Mobile Females Find New BFF: Their Cell Phone“. It’s a funny fast read lite on details with blog worthy data pulls like 40% of women experience “text shame” the morning after texting while inebriated.

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YouTube Live on AppleTV iPhone Next

June 20, 2007

758.jpgIn a release put this morning Apple acknowledged the much rumored link between AppleTV and YouTube. The release stressed that while AppleTV + YouTube was cool iPhone + YouTube is killer. As the Apple’s marketing machine gears up for next weeks launch of the iPhone I wonder what other announcements are in store. From the 8 hour battery life to YouTube connectivity, Apple seems to have a series of high wow factor announcements up its sleeves.

Read the Apple YouTube press release after the jump:

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Andrew Keen’s Against You: Why Old Folks Hate Web 2.0

June 9, 2007


Yesterday, ChangeThis posted an essay entitled Against You: A manifesto in favor of audience, by Andrew Keen. Keen is famous for two things, the 18 month flame-out of Audiocafe.com and the merciless taunting of Web 2.0 boosters. The essay is a jaded, bitter and over-simplified rehashing of Jaron Lanier’s more academic essay, Digital Moaism. Channeling his inner Roger Ailes, Andrew Keen borrows the more reasoned and reasonable arguments from Digital Moaism and stretches them to the Fox extreme (its worth reading for that alone). Read the rest of this entry »


Why I love Public Access TV

April 19, 2007

Its the original YouTube. The precursor to Vlog’s and it’s everywhere. Yes folks I’m talking about public access TV. There are few better methods for getting the tenor of a community then the local public access station. It the one location where anyone form your grandma to your pet snake can have their own soap box for 30 minutes, without commercial breaks. If you watch regularly your likely to be treated to everything from musical odes by tone deaf religious zealots, aspiring strippers or failed geriatric rockers to diet tips, spiritual guidance (in many flavors) and sexual advice. Despite all noise on public access, every once in a while something breaks through. Some gem of insight so sharp or commentary so timely and biting that it cuts through the clutter and transcends all categorization.

The following video is one such piece. Taken from PeopleTV in Atlanta Ga, this snippet of educational goodness is a must. Be forewarned, may not be work safe depending on your circumstances so while I give it two thumbs up it also gets a NSFW label.


Media Exec’s: Start-ups and User Generated Content Are Eating our Lunch

April 18, 2007

Came across a great post on the Future of News blog, about a survey conducted by close talkers over at Accenture consulting. The annual survey, entitled Beyond the Hype: How Content and Technology Are Redefining Media, is given to “110 of the worlds most influential media executives”. Of the many interesting tidbits in the report the thing that has the press abuzz is that more then 57% of the exec’s believed that user generated content was one of the biggest challenges to their business. Another was their inability to adapt to the changing environments in which they found themselves. To quote the report:

Although large companies will be well-positioned here (having the depth of resources and financial framework needed), smaller more dynamic businesses may be the ones to watch.

You can read the full Accenture article here or you can check out the summary on the Acccenture site.

http://www.acenture.com/Global/About_Accenture/Business_Events/By_Industry/Communications/gcf07_redefining_media.htm


Viacom vs YouTube via YouTube

March 23, 2007

Its an awesome skit. And even better its on YouTube. Awesomeness, thanks to Scott Mathews! Alas, the clip is no longer available on YouTube!

Here’s one of  man, many funny anti-Viacom clips out there.


3 Reasons NBC’s YouTube Clone’s Gonna Flop

March 22, 2007

758.jpgThe LAT is running a story about the not so secret, YouTube rival being created by News Corp and NBC-Universal, which is set to launch today. This cabal used to include CBS and Viacom but they droppped out somewhere between December and March. Had anyone bothered to ask me, I could’ve told them that their money was better spent on lunches and lap dances.

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