old skool nub clocks up 30,000 views on youtube

Our utterly adorable friend Tuur told me that this was his favourite nub last week. It was made by the elusive Susan Ibreck and Celia Willis who were interns at Demos in summer 2007. I remember watching it for the first time and not really getting it (that guy’s horrible voice/the stuffy text he reads/the annoying pictures), but I guess that more than 30,000 people have seen it (probably more than the number who read the pamphlet) and 217 people have commented on it (probably more than the Demos blog has received in the same time period) and it has spread to all kinds of weird places, means that I was well and truly wrong and they were on to something. Watching it again now I like the way that the scrambled, recycled images echo the points that the text is making about the evolution words and their meaning. I’m fairly squarely of the opinion now the nubs that match the message with the mode of delivery are the ones I love most.

Thinking about it a bit more, I suppose the video’s success is partly related to the fact that themes of language, the blurring of cultures and the evolution of understanding/the dissolving of it are all part of the youtube experience which give it a certain ‘meta resonance.’


Richard Curtis has knocked out a Pro-Tobin tax video.
I prefer this rather grim old-school video from 2006 before the credit crunch made the issue go mainstream.
I guess they had to do the whole vultures-pecking-out-the-eyes-of-dead-animals thing because we didn’t know how evil bankers were back then. With that clearly established now, the new Richard Curtis video is basically a tap in.