Obama: nubaganda supremo

I was wondering around facebook, thinking about what I should post up on makenubs today when lo and behold, what should I find? The stonkingest opportunity for nubbers to go crazy-crazy with nubaganda videos, all courtesy of Obama’s Health Reform Video Challenge. This is going to be interesting. It’s also yet another example of how ahead Obama is on harnessing the web to engage support and stoke up positive thought for his endeavours, most recently to push through health care reform in the US. This method worked in the elections, but it remains to be seen whether it will work for this campaign, that has so far been thwarted with controversies, set-backs and, well, straight-up lies.

For those of you who haven’t been following the whole health care debate, check out thoughtbubble and vlogbrothers‘ take on it in this nub:

What has it got to do with me?

Quite taken by the Nestle’s Trust‘s social research looking at the thoughts and feelings of young people. They should make nubs – but then again maybe a Nestle presence on youtube would be like a lamb to the slaughter. Anyway I am quite taken by some good polling with Mori in 2005 on what it means to be a good citizen. They found;

‘Young people do not see voting in elections as the most important aspect of being a ‘good citizen’. It comes fourth (at 67%), after obeying the law (90%), taking part in activities to benefit the community (73%), and in activities to protect the environment (69%).’

Figure that this is a good excuse to post this diamond poetrynub by Benjamin Zephania that Faizal scooped up a ages ago and to nod in the direction of a rather lacklustre video we made about Everyday Democracy a couple of years ago.

consumerism and philosophy

Controversial philosopher Peter Singer gets to the nub of consumer ethics using his ‘drowning kid’ thought experiment. I like the way it breaks down that barrier between the everyday banal choices we make about what we spend our money on, and our broader sense of what is right and what is wrong ‘in the world’. There are the obvious arguments against his analogy that would appeal to conceptions of direct and indirect responsibility for other people’s welfare. But I think he makes a stronger point about empathy and culpability for other people’s suffering, regardless of their physical location in relation to ourselves. A great recipe for buyer’s remorse!

typography in the computer age

This excellent nub was directed by my friend Omair Barkatulla from back in the day when there used to be a London College of Printing (now London College of Communication). It looks at the different principles of design in typography and I think gives an interesting insight into the attitudes around the encroachment of computer generated production onto the more traditional mechanistic methods of type-setting. There is obvious conflict and tension between the two approaches, but you get the overall impression from the film that the traditional approach is the preferred one…I can definitely see the appeal, might have a look at LCC’s latest summer courses, humm…

Get on the Peace Train

I don’t know how many of you were aware but the 21st September 2009 was the tenth anniversary of establishment of that date as the International Day of Peace – a worldwide day to promote peace initatives – both personal and political.

Key to getting Peace Day established was the Peace One Day campaign led by Jeremy Gilley. This short nub revisits the campaign to get the day established and highlights some of the benefits the day has brought to conflict areas.

hello interesting helsinki

If you’re visiting this blog for the first time because you heard about us at Interesting, you might want to check out this explanation of what we’re about and here’s some examples of different nubs we like.

These are the videos that were/are being shown at at Interesting.

Charlie Leadbeater‘s promotional video for his book We Think.

Causecast‘s Harvey Milk video.

James Houston‘s masterful Cultural Guide to the United Kingdom

Jorge Canest’s touching animation about Growing Up