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Friday Inspiration, NOMA BAR – Globo News, Brazil.

It’s a beautiful late winter day here in the midwest and I am getting ready to knock off a bit early and spend the afternoon outside. It’s an unusually warm 70 degrees on the 19th of February, and I know next week it won’t be this nice. Before I take my butt to the back porch, I thought I’d post a little Friday inspiration. The animation below for Globo News was produced by Dutch Uncle and Ale Pixel Studio. It has an amazing flow to it. Simple bright graphics that seamlessly tie together showing how events from around the world are all interconnected.

Agency: Comunicação Globo
Chief Creative Officer: Sergio Valente
Creative Director: Mariana Sá, Leandro Castilho
Art Director: Alexandre Tommasi
Copywriter: Monica Tommasi
Account Manager: Daniela Farina, Patricia Doliveira
Agency Producers: Jaqueline Couto, Fernanda Deway, Fernanda Ribeiro
Director & Illustrator: Noma Bar
Animator: Ale Pixel Studio
Executive Producer – Helen Cowley
Production Company: Dutch Uncle
Sound: Comando S

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The YouTube U.S. Election Hub.

I try to keep politics off of here, but as we roll toward the November elections politics has been creeping in. I’m not going to post some stand about who to vote for or what is right or wrong (I will say Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is a asshole though). What I do want to talk about is the perception of candidates as they are portrayed by the media here in America.

At the end of the day, it comes down to a few things. Propaganda which is spewed by all candidates in the form of advertising. Yes folks it’s propaganda. Those carefully crafted TV spots are edited specifically to influence you. They say nothing about what the candidates are really for. Things are taken out of context and spun to make someone look good or in most cases very bad. (Todd Akin is still a backwards asshole, and no form of advertising will change this)

The other prominent form of information we receive comes from our trusted news sources, and most of us still get the news from TV. It doesn’t matter if you are getting your information from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Conservative Talk Radio, or your local TV affiliate, they all have one thing in common. The perspective they give, is usually towing the editorial position for the guy that writes the checks, and in many cases for the companies that sponsor the programs, articles, and media outlets. It’s not supposed to influence the news but it often does.

I think this is why I am pretty excited about the new YouTube U.S. Election Hub. It aggregates news from all over the world about our upcoming elections into one place. Why is this a good thing? Because the rest of the world doesn’t see America the way American’s see America. Because the rest of the world has opinions about America, our politics, our political leaders, and Americans. These world opinions influence us as much as we influence others. It’s good to see how the rest of the world perceives us and the people that might end up running our country. When these news sources are pulled together with our own, the information we receive is better, well rounded, global. And yes folks it’s the 21st century. We live in a global society, so foreign opinions do matter.