The disembodied voice shows up a lively party and manages to make everybody feel bad about drinking by having them play the “National Drinking Game” – a quiz to help determine if…
Well played, Canada. Well played.
Very powerful PSA. OK, not really a PSA. It’s a parody. I hope.
Hats off to Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation. This great PSA uses the zombie apocalypse to teach a useful lesson without backing away from the darkness (and humor) of the trope. Nice…
Would you bat an eye if you saw this sign? Via NBC News: California commuters may have been alarmed last week by highway signs that warned them that they were being watched…
In celebration of July 4, a classic PSA for every American:
The work of “pranksters” providing the public with technically correct information. ANIMAL New York reports: Relax, they’re not real. MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg, who dismissed the postings as “the work of pranksters,” told us…
Created by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1946, the still-thought-provoking short PSA Despotism & Democracy doesn’t exactly paint our current prospects in a positive light:
Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
What do we learn from the school-and-police-department-produced children’s PSA “Boys Beware”? Chiefly, gayness is contagious “like small pox”, homosexuals are lurking everywhere, are murderous, and wear sunglasses during the daytime:
Scary daytime viewing from Montana’s KRTV:
Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that “dead bodies are rising from their graves” in several Montana counties. This message did not originate from KRTV, and there is no emergency. Our engineers are investigating to determine what happened and if it affected other media outlets.
The creator of the previously noted fantastic poster campaign was apparently regarded as a terrorist threat and subject to a manhunt for daring to mock the police, the Verge reports: A street…
Not because they realized that their efforts amount to creepy brainwashing, but because a study suggested that being warned by D.A.R.E. increases, rather than decreases, tweens’ likelihood of smoking pot. Reason writes:…
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, and, it seems, as part of some sort of promo for a radio morning show, but nonetheless, here’s one of the most powerful world leaders announcing the end of our collective existence due to Mayan prophesy:
The new series of PSAs breaks ground as the first such effort by an American city. DCist writes: Mayor Vince Gray and the D.C. Office of Human Rights yesterday launched an ad…
Via High Times:
Even if you don’t partake, you’ll still probably get a kick out of this spot-on parody of the classic “I learned it from you!” anti-drug PSA.
Rounding out the the post-Labor-Day work week, here is Target’s informational video educating new employees on the dangers of unionization. The confusing logic seems to be, unions are unnecessary both because they are ineffective (they are just after your dues money), and they accompished so much in the past (ending child labor, et cetera) that all of workers’ problems have already been fixed:
New Target employees are forced to watch this video so that they are indoctrinated into fearing unions. If you’re a Target employee, please don’t be deceived by your bosses. Target Corporation made over 2.9 billion dollars last year. You deserve better wages, benefits, and working conditions, and your employer can afford to give them to you.
Recently screened at New York’s Spectacle Theater, Protect and Serve is a mind-bending mashup film juxtaposing police behavior with the warped-reality instructional materials that perhaps shaped their outlook:
A short compilation of golden-age police procedural tutorials, self-defense training vids, and the most nightmarish amateur footage of macings, beatdowns, and brutal assaults ever captured by the public.
Did you know that IEDs planted in urban areas is the greatest threat facing our country? The city of Houston and the Department of Homeland Security have once again teamed up to create a PSA video for the Run, Hide, Fight campaign to free Texas from the scourge of terrorism. Anyone who leaves a bag unattended, takes photos in public, wears an article of clothing that seems unseasonable, acts nervous, or does anything quirky should be reported. And if they haven’t engaged in any of these behaviors, but your “instincts” (i.e. your prejudices) tell you that they are suspicious, call the authorities:
Large, heavily populated urban centers all over the world have long been the favored targets of terrorists. If you see suspicious behavior, Make the Call.
Another great video from the guys at JoyCamp, an LA-Based film group: “PSA: Conspiracy Theorist” is a subtle jab at both conspiracy enthusiasts and those who mindlessly dismiss their observations.
Few films, let alone ones running under ten minutes, have been as frequently referenced, reproduced and satirized as Duck and Cover, yet it is never regarded seriously. Conelrad gives this key piece…
“It’s the hula-hoop of the jet generation.”
Out of several decades worth of iconic anti-marijuana television scare-verts, my favorite is this vintage American Medical Association PSA, which appears to have definitely been made by animators who were high on something.