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14 July 2010 @ 02:09 pm
Bastille Day news  
"New research suggests that misinformed people rarely change their minds when presented with the facts - and often become even more attached to their beliefs. The finding raises questions about a key principle of a strong democracy: that a well-informed electorate is best."

* BBC report: Haiti, six months later.
* Germany reconsiders this whole EU thing.
* MGK on why we need a census.
* Appeals court strikes down FCC indecency ruling.
* "The Jim Henson of Pakistan"
* Ed Norton won't be playing Dr. Banner in the Avengers movie.
* Solid gold: the Old Spice man takes on social networking. [UPDATE: more thoughts from MGK.]

PMMJ: TVcheetahmaster on July 14th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Points to MTV for 'fessing up that the Hills isn't real.
Tarsustarsus4 on July 14th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
NO EFFING WAY. The Old Spice Guy is making Free Enterprise 2. Two bombshells in one.
squishydish: action/screamsquishydish on July 14th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
The Old Spice clips are quite amusing! Man, *I* want to get a minor in philosophy/bazooka shooting. The clips mostly run just 30 seconds long, so it's hard not to keep going. I wonder how much the actor gets paid apiece? My favorite is the response to Veletrix: "You'll never experience a seven-course, candlelit dinner at the earth's core, created by a menagerie of tuxedoed magma men..."
BTW, MGK is actually writing about why Canada needs a census, but of course it applies here too. (ObDisclaimer: I'm temping for the U.S. Census.)
Deepthink: Ironheaddeepthink on July 15th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, even if the stubborn do change their minds, you can't call them on it because it's what they thought all along.
Brian: TV Staticvwvortexer on July 16th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
With all due respect to MGK, who I love, the Old Spice campaign really is ground-breaking. Yes, the tactics used are old ones, but the fact that the client--and, more importantly, the legal team--allowed these to go is pretty mind-blowing. Usually, it takes months to get ads through creative, past the client and through the lawyers--and here W+K was putting out creative in less than 30 minutes per spot. That's why it's ground-breaking.