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[19 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I am sure by now you’ve seen one of the Saturday Night Live (SNL) spoofs of Sarah Palin. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a good laugh. (And you can find some of the videos below on this post). Tina Fey’s impersonation is excellent and by all means looks just like Sarah Palin. SNL has been part of the political landscape imitating politicians since 1975. This year has been no different as millions of people have tuned in to watch Tina Fey impersonate Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate. …

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[16 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Below are TWO Nike “Leave Nothing” Commercials. Both really get your adrenaline rushing and are great pieces of work. Click into the entry to see the rest!
Leave Nothing Nike Commercial – FATE
Director: David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Game etc.,)
Song: Ecstasy of Gold
Follows the life journey of NFL players LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu from the moment they were born running to the point where they meet on the football field. Fate.

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[9 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]
Surveillance of Skype Messages in China Part II

After posting the entry about Surveillance of Skype Messages in China, I was immediately informed that the issues highlighted in the Citizen Lab report affect only the TOM-Skype software distributed by TOM in China and that standard versions of Skype remain unaffected. [thanks Peter]. This is indeed an important piece of information as to appease the fears of the Skype user base.
It looks like Skype has been active in addressing the public in regards to this matter. Here are some excerpts from their President Josh Silverman.

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[8 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

An oldie, but a goody. Good Example of a very well done commercial. Creative. Original. Clean. Captures the viewer as well as highlight a product advantage (everything just works/ reliability). Enhances the brand image by associating creativity and cool factor. This is also a video that easily goes viral because of it was unique and different compared to other commercials of it’s kind. Enjoy!

We need more of these type of commercials that are clean and doesn’t sell emotions or feelings.

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[2 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]
Surveillance of Skype Messages in China

The New York Times reported that a group of Canadian human right activist and a computer security researcher has discovered a surveillance system that monitors and archives web text messages and conversations. It is triggered when the conversation includes politically charged words. Researchers in Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto uncovered hundreds of message records after they decrypted the messages. Example words are “communist”, “quit the party”, “democracy”, “Tibet”, “Tiananmen” “SARS”, “Taiwan Independence”, and “milk powder”.
Media Monitoring Controvery
This new discovery again highlights the controversy of media monitoring by the …

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[26 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Just Inappropriate for Kids or Just Inappropriate
Many people talk about how the media affects our children, how it may lead to violence or how it may encourage promiscuous lifestyles. There is a lot of merit there, but one thing that is increasingly noticeable but overlooked is the fact that the parents themselves are underestimating the influences of media in their own lives and indirectly how it affects their children.
Take a look at movie review sites where users list their ages, you’ll see adults saying the movie is inappropriate for the …

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[24 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Do you know what contextual advertising is? Advertising companies take websites and divide up their pages into themes. It does this by reading the content on the page and assigning a particular context. Then advertisers can then choose particular themes to target depending on their business needs. Advertisers can utilize banner ads or text ads in these slots.
Below is an example of a very cleverly made ad on a news article page. It really captures your attention. I am a huge fan of apple’s marketing.

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[22 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Back in March, Google rejected a Google Adwords ad from the Christian Institute, a British group. It stated “UK Abortion laws: Key news and views on abrotion law from The Christian Institute.” This group put out this ad during a period where the House of Commons was considering a bill regarding abortion issues. Google rejected this ad stating that it contained “abortion and religion-related content”.
The lawyers of the Christian Institute immediately filed a lawsuit saying the company was discriminating on religious grounds. They said it violated the United Kingdom’s …

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[17 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

What does Obama & McCain say about Media policy? What is media policy?
The two camps have differences in opinion on how to deal with media. Considering media is the medium in which much of our worldview and opinions are formed, this is a discussion worth having. The main question that is at play is what kind of role does the government play in overseeing the companies that control the media and the type of information that is shared publicly.
To summarize in one sentence each, Obama’s camp believes that the …

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[15 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

One trend that is becoming more and more common practice in advertising is to appeal to the emotions rather than the features or functionalities of the product. Rather than talk about why you should buy some product and discuss some of the practical features, many ads go about painting a lifestyle that you would want to have and placing their product as part of that wonderful exciting lifestyle.
Take a look at some of the advertisements below and ask yourself, what are they selling? What did I learn about the product? …

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[12 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]
Religion, the Greatest Source of Bloodshed, Persecution & War?

Yesterday was Sept 11th. A date which needs no explanation as we remember the 3,000+ victims of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. It was a day where everyone stopped, stunned beyond belief. A day when everyone forgot about what busy work they had that day and started to dwell on what is more important in life. How could there be so much evil? What truly is important in life? What is the meaning of life?..

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[10 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

Below is a video depicting the influence of parents and adults on their children. It is always amazing how much children are fully aware of what goes on around them and pick up on subtle cues and actions.
Though this video does not necessarily talk about media’s impact on children or our culture, it does highlight (though the form of media) that rather than simply blaming media for everything that has gone wrong, we as a whole need to take personal ownership over how our actions and behavior impact those around …