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06 November 2009 @ 02:42 pm

This is a link to an Advertising Age video discussing negative blog posts. So many advertisers have turned to bloggers as influencers, as well as another way of reaching consumers. However, they haven't figured out how to fully control blog content.

Silly advertisers. You shouldn't admit your weak spot like that. There are many a media watchdog that could use that fact to disarm you. Intern has a friend who makes a habit of heckling brands that he takes issue with on the web. He'll he happy to learn that you are powerless to stop him... (insert evil laughter).
04 November 2009 @ 02:54 pm
Hey y'all! Since we're not putting out an episode this week, I thought I'd post special goodies for those of you following us on the fan sites.

Here's a link to the full track of the parody we did of Don't You Forget About Me (that song at the end of The Breakfast Club) for last week's House Party episode. It's a horribly twisted monster, obviously -- I just can't resist the compulsion to add that bassline from Tokuhiko Uwa's Plaleaf theme from Fantasy Zone whenever I have the opportunity ^_^

Thanks for watching!
Current Location: 10017
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: http://8bitcollective.com/music/DEADBEATBLAST/Starscape+(video+version+mp3)/
This makes Intern so happy. Fake news says it like real news never seems to be able to...

30 October 2009 @ 05:27 pm

No comment. Because really, no comment. WTF? Is this somehow part of that "wifey" trend which all the girls in the neighborhood seem to be subscribing to?

Just goes to show ya that terrible gender representations in pop culture aren't limited to women.

P.S. We now want one of these because we need to update Chris the Transgender American Girl. Sugar Daddy Ken's hair is waaaay more fabulous. CHRISTMAS *makes grabby hands*
Current Location: 10017
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Denyce Graves, Habanera from Carmen
29 October 2009 @ 02:48 pm
O hai! I'm trying to avoid doing other work, so of course I discovered something really cool to distract me.

We always geotag our videos with the ZIP code where the ad agency we hide out in is (that's 10017 in case you didn't check). When people include geotags, you can find their videos this way! Pretty neat, huh? Here's what I get when I search for "cute cat" in that area.

I'm not totally sure it's working, though. Sometimes it returns results for really far away. And what I'd *like* is to be able to see the videos *on* the map. Anyone have any tips?

We plan to use this trick to find people making videos in our area for a new segment, Media Show Makeovers! If you want help making your videos look better, and you're in the New York City area, let us know!
Current Location: 10017
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Azeem, Latin Revenge
27 October 2009 @ 02:14 pm
Check out this article from Politico:

It discusses how politicians (from both sides) have been utilizing social media and new technologies to inject some celebrity into their careers. I find this ok when the goal is a greater sense of connectivity with constituents or a dialogue about important issues, but disturbing when politicians are just looking for the spotlight. Politics is already enough of a popularity contest, which I think doesn't need to be fueled by new media. But in our media-saturated culture, the potential spotlight just gets bigger and bigger. What's a politician to do?

I'm sure that many politicians these days are following Obama's lead when it comes to the media, but there are good and bad ways to make use of sites like YouTube and Twitter. Media can, and should, be a platform for issues, not a strategy for achieving celebrity status. Visibility can be very powerful, but you want to be visible for the right reasons. I think that Obama's use of YouTube and the internet as a point of connectivity has been very effective, but it irks me to see the extensive tabloid gossip devoted to the entire presidential family. But that's one of the eternal problems with the media: it's usually not completely under your control. I think that politicians of all ranks will increasingly utilize social media, but whether not it's an appropriate platform for politics remains to be seen.

In related news: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/27/tom-delay-joins-iwho-want_n_335252.html

Weena, Erna, any thoughts?
23 October 2009 @ 03:43 pm
What's up Weena & Erna?!
17 October 2009 @ 05:30 pm
Testing, testing 1-2-3!