Online television broadcast took another important step recently with the launching of A World of Conflict – an innovative documentary series in which veteran war correspondent Kevin Sites reports from major global conflict zones. Even though it is also included with Sites’ new book “In the Hot Zone: One Man. One Year. Twenty Wars.” with A World of Conflict there is no old fashioned TV version. The show is broadcasted exclusively on the Internet via Yahoo News. Other than the Intro chapter, previous episodes deal with Somalia, Congo, Uganda, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Iran. Chapter nine of the Hot Zone doco is focused on Chechnya.
Context hidden messages have always been of the most powerful journalistic weapons against most kinds of censorship. Israel has an active by-law military censorship since it was founded and Israeli journalists have been practicing this strategy since that very same day. Whether the nature of the restriction is political, military or commercial, the context in which a certain information item is delivered can have a tremendous impact or even change completely the way a message is interpreted by the recipient.
Of course the main problem with subtext messages, which is also their main source of strength, is that the better they are the less people actually manage to decode them. While some hidden context messages are exposed publicly most of them remain unknown. That is why the above frozen TV moment from Sky News caught my eye today on the DHD Multimedia gallery as, other than being very funny, it is also unclear if it was done deliberately or by mistake. What do you think? A poor editorial decision or a brilliant post-Hurricane-Katrina context satire on the account of the world’s most powerful politician?
“The same old Sonnenblumen teaser, uploaded with a trick to bypass recompression by the YouTube encoder. It works with Flash video converted by Total Video Converter. Unless you stay below a certain files size and meet a few other criteria, videos with high resolution and high bitrates are accepted without change.”
By now, it’s clear that being environment friendly is not enough. Delivering the message properly is also a major requirement. It should therefore not be much of a surprise for anyone that Eurobest’s winning print campaign for the year of 2007 went to Contrapunto – a Spanish advertising agency from Madrid for their innovative Smart ForTwo campaign. Smart ForTwo is a micro compact car by DaimlerChrysler designed primarily for urban use in European cities. With 0.6L, 0.7L (petrol) and 0.8L (diesel) engines their are quite a few car models with lower carbon footprint but perhaps none with more creative advertising agents.
- Category: Cars
- Title: FOREST
- Advertiser/Client: DAIMLERCHRYSLER MERCEDES-BENZ
- Product/Service: SMART FORTWO
- Entrant Company, City: CONTRAPUNTO, Madrid
- Country: SPAIN
- Advertising Agency, City : CONTRAPUNTO, Madrid
- Country: SPAIN
- Executive Creative Director: Antonio Montero
- Creative Director: José Mª Cornejo / Fernando Galindo
- Copywriter: Fernando Galindo
- Art Director: José Mª Cornejo
- Account Supervisor: Eva Mª Alvarez
- Advertiser’s Supervisor: Oscar Rubira/Marisol Vadillo/Jaime Olalquiaga
It was just a while ago when I mentioned how there are many signs that logic puzzles are making their way to mainstream media. It was just until about three years ago that language independent logic puzzles where still an offstream hobby of a few westerns but today they seem to be a legitimate segment within the growing casual game industry. Take Jay is Games for example. Other than running their own IRC server at irc.jayisgames.com and channel at #casualgameplay (which show these folks are extremely cool) this website is also ranked within Technorati’s top 5000 destinations and is definitely one of the best casual game reviewers on the web. It might not be the NY Times, but if it’s the latest Flash and or casual game review you are after, user friendly walkthroughs, room escapes, point and clicks or anything else falling into the wide definition of casual games, this site has it.
With tones of puzzle game references and a respected pool of logic puzzle oriented material this bloglike function-rich website is good not just in keeping a hand on the pulse of casual gaming industry as well as very few others do, but in smartly supporting their way up to the crowded green area of public attention. A brilliant “add this game to your website” feature allowing easy embedding action of every game reviewed on the site is just one – actually my favorite – example.
This morning I was informed by an avid Conceptis member about this kindly phrased reference to Conceptis on jayisgames’ recent link dump post. Personally, I already knew there are very few websites out there doing both printable and online number and picture logic puzzles for free as we do them in conceptispuzzles.com but having this said by JohnB of jayisgames.com is a very nice achievement for anyone in the industry. Much obliged JohnB.
Of all the somewhat crazy kinda cute but still cool things I saw on shops this Hanuka this electronic soldering kit for 5 mm LED mini-menorahs is my winner for this year. Available for all-affordable $10 you might still have enough time to order one of those low carbonfootprint mini-menorah and save the planet. Available in evilmadscience.com with LED color choices of “Superbright blue” or “Superbright white”.
The Evilmad scientists say “assembly is easy with the included comic-book Menorah Instructions (400 kB PDF document, screenshot above). And just FYI: Miniature 3 mm LED sets have already sold out. I guess the cool Superbright yellows in the picture have also disappeared from the shelves.
Happy Hanuka everyone!