Posts Tagged ‘parody’

Millennials: The Reason we Can’t Have Nice Things (Vine/Instagram “Wrecking Ball” Parodies Mark Demise of Padnos Hall Sculpture)

September 17, 2013 Leave a comment

[UPDATE: The GVSU Wrecking Ball situation has been picked up by E! News Online, BuzzFeed, and now the Daily Mail in the UK.  For a while, there was a “@GVWreckingBall” parody Twitter account but it looks like it was suspended a few minutes ago. H/T @AdriWall]

GVSU Vine Wrecking Ball Parodies

Twitter is abuzz with the news that the pendulum sculpture has been taken down as a result of students being inspired by the video for Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”  A quick search of Vine/Instagram resulted in these:

Young people: fair warning – old people have smartphones too and participate in the same social media spheres you do.  That goes double for the guys smoking the hookah (not the most advisable thing to flaunt in Ottawa County even if it’s just flavored tobacco).

If you’re looking for a tool to search for Vine (and Instagram) videos – is a pretty good option.  Fair warning – the first page loads *everything* available (which, for me, included a vine of a naked little person at a strip club jumping off the main stage into the arms of a patron who subsequently dropped her).  Yes, this is the age of Radical Transparency.

Advertising Alongside a Parody of Yourself: the Power of the Semantic Web

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The "Goldstein Advantage" Parody Video from John Kerfoot

A good friend tipped me off to the site “Not so Pure Michigan” – which parodies the brilliant and popular “Pure Michiganadvertising campaign run by the state, featuring the voice of Tim Allen.  Among the ribbing the parody site gives to U of M football fans, Grosse Pointe, and Construction Season is a parody of the commercials for well-known Michigan ambulance chase…err…civil litigator, Sam Bernstein.

Bernstein has recently begun featuring his children in his ads, as they’ve joined his law practice.  That prompted this less-than-P.C. parody:

Here’s the thing though; the Bernstein Law Firm uses Google ads, and they show up on the Not So Pure Michigan site:

The Bernstein Law Firm Advertising on via Google Ads

I’m not the only person to notice this either:

A post from someone else who saw a Bernstein Law Firm Google Ad appear on the video mocking the firm.

Advertising alongside a web video that ruthlessly mocks a handicap of one’s family member is either a brilliant bit of cutthroat advertising strategy, or an example of how clumsily wielding the power of the semantic web can go horribly wrong.

Either way, it’s another great reminder of the interesting times we live in.