Sunday, April 26, 2009

Art Morphing--Women over the Last 500 Years

I found this video montage intriguing.  Mentioned on a morning TV show.  

Second LIfe Cars

Even though you can get around SL by teleporting, flying, or other means, some people like to look at and even buy cars. Go figure. Here are some real life cars offered in Second Life, as noted on CNN:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Visa ads

Here are two different ads from Visa. They've changed their tune. The first is one of the "Life Takes Visa" commercials.

The second is one of the new "Go" commercials.

Let's talk about the differences.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Graphics as a World to Live In

Check out this video, "World Builder," about a guy who creates a 3-D version of a Paris street scene for his girl.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Shamwow, the Piano Player, and the Violinist

Jeffrey Lee Simons pointed me to two worthwhile ads in his posting "Admit It--You Love the Shamwow Commercial." The first is the Shamwow commercial itself, spawner of parodies, a zippy, simple ad that Simons himself says makes him want to call and chuck out the twenty bucks.

The other is a classic ad that I vaguely remember seeing before, one for music lessons. Here they both are.

The third I ran into looking for the Shamwow ad again on Youtube. It's long (four minutes!), but a good use of storytelling, and you can't tell what it's for until near the end.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Animation is Persuasion." Oh?

Colleague KR sent a link to this video that shows a real-time animated version of the flight that ended in the Hudson River. The company, Scene Systems, did an effective job of showing just what happened, making a good argument for their "animation is persuasion" claim on their website.

This kind of event spawns an entire host of responses, including a version of the audio flight recording that features a foul-tongued Christian Bale as the flight controller.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mattel's Go-To Girl

With Barbie's 50th anniversary coming up, there's some media attention coming her way, what with two new biographies and a celebration coming. Check out Newsweek's recap of some the strange get-ups she's been given in "Oddball Barbie." Note the dog poop that comes with one version, where Barbie can follow along with her magnetic pooper-scooper. You can go right to the source at Barbie Style, where they declare, "It's Barbie's world. We just play in it." Might as well check out her Facebook page, too.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Those Crazy Amish Geniuses

I love this article, "Amish Space Heater: Is That an Oxymoron?" in the NYTimes about the crazy Amish mantle advertisements I've been seeing everywhere lately. I love this picture that's included with the ad, where everyone it is polishing away at a fireplace that's got a roaring fire going (apparently). It's gotten a lot of attention, with some videos on Youtube. One shows the impressive-looking fire that it produces. Another provides a signing commentary on the product and its producers.

The article itself though delves into the commentary on various web sites and discussion threads that address the concerns that people have about the Amish, their use of electricity, and other "knowledge" that people have about them.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

NY Times and Presidential Addresses

The New York Times
online just keeps impressing me with the work they do to provide texts with analytical tools. The latest is the offering of all presidential speeches with word clouds and frequency indicators, all in a timeline and links to the speeches, with words you select in context. Check it out here: "Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present." Meanwhile, the link to it, while on the front page, is simply a tiny bit of text with an even tinier icon. How do you make money doing this? I don't know.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I was using this blog last semester for my Literary Criticism class, but this semester I'll simply re-use it for my Contemp Rhet class, adding observations about things I find myself noticing about rhetoric and contemporary media.

Stay tuned!