This is the best election campaign ad for me this year. It’s huge and it can be seen in Berlin at this time. 2.378 square meters with just the hands of CDU candidate and German President chancellor Angela Merkel.
These hands tells it all. Confident, calm, authoritative, with a link to the Pope. Because she is world’s most powerful woman and member of the Christian Democratic Party.
I’m not talking about my political leanings. Which are in fact not the same as Angela’s.
I’m talking about creativity. It’s like what Shepard Fairey did for Obama. Angela will win the elections with these hands.
The copy is a bit redundant. “Germany future in good hands (Deutschland Zukunft in guten Handen).”
It makes sense to show a cycling family in a campaign spot for the next election. And such a scene is for sale everywhere. They call it a stock video. And it is available for a bargain.
Like the scene at 1:20 in this 2013 election spot from the German FDP, the liberal party.
Intercontinental Hotels (the largest hotel chain in the world) is planning to open a ‘Resort Paradise’ in the city of Lhasa, capital of occupied Tibet, next year. The presence of a multinational corporation gifts priceless PR to a Chinese regime which is currently arbitrarily detaining hundreds of Tibetans for alleged involvement in protests.
The repression in Tibet by China is notorious. China’s reaction to protest has been to use brutal (sometimes lethal) force, collective punishment against communities, torture, communications clampdowns and more. Foreign journalists are not allowed into Tibet to document this; Reporters Without Borders have said that Tibet is even more locked down than North Korea.
Despite people’s own experiences under austerity, polls show that the majority of people in the UK and elsewhere continue to buy into the idea that austerity is necessary and that wages and welfare payments are too high. To challenge this, the major British unions, led by the Trades Union Council, have launched Austerity Uncovered, a roadshow that will travel around the UK in a bus, gathering people’s stories of life under austerity. It’s not a pretty campaign but it’s an interesting – and necessary – strategy to change the debate on austerity.
Here’s an interesting example of un-sponsored, independent, comedic activism on a current issue. (The video itself is almost a year old, but the issue has recently heated up, post Sandy Hook.)
American comedian Mike Polk Jr. plays the part of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, “Father of the Constitution” and author of the Bill of Rights. In the short video, Polk resurrects the dead president to explain the historical context of the famous American “right to bear arms” and insist that assault weapons would never have been included in it.
Corruption in various forms seems to be running rampant all over the world. Relatively new nations encounter it in their struggle to build a fair society. Long-established countries face it while trying to maintain a working society. Public servants helping out those who grease their palms, large companies doing everything to get ahead – even if it means ignoring laws and people’s lives - in the short run bribery just favours one over another. Deplorably it is always the wealthy over the poor. Over time society as a whole corrodes, creating a neo-feudal culture of distrust and hostility.
One NGO fighting corruption worldwide is Transparency International, whose campaign Time to Wake Up is now running in 17 countries across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, reaching over three million people. From rallies to animated video contests, to public debates and petitions, Time to Wake Up has had real impact. (more after the video)
I’m not a big fan of racialized humour, but this is a pretty good parody of the obsession with skin colour in the United States (and elsewhere). It’s an interesting point. The President of the United States is a “white” as he is “black” (with an Anglo-American mother and Kenyan father) and he faced criticism in 2008 that he wasn’t “black” enough.
Tomorrow, Americans will decide the political direction of their country for the next four years. We’ve been keeping track of the social campaigns that have been trying to influence the vote. Here are our five most popular “decision 2012” posts:
This campaign by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, using children as mouthpieces for left-wing political statements, was actually pulled from online circulation after complaints. But thanks to the magic of Adland, we still have a viewable copy.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in several countries, so it seemed like the right time to share this series of illustrations by Toby Allen, titled “Real Monsters”: Although it could be misconstrued as literally demonizing people with mental illness, the externalization of the various disorders as evil creatures who prey…
In early October 2013 a boat filled with African migrants sank off of the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people, and more than 200 are still missing. Friday the 4th of October 2013, was declared a day of mourning in Italy. The event has brought much introspection…
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