Viral

Look Up From Your Smart Phone

The purpose of this blog post is just to share this YouTube video to any of those who have not already seen it. We live in a society where we are obsessed with media and our smart phones are our closest friends. We capture every moment and make it picture perfect, focusing more on how the image will come out rather than the memory we are creating. Sadly, this is now the norm for the younger generation, our social reality becomes our main reality.

I found this video being shared on Facebook by numerous friends, clearly showing it has made quite a few people stop and think. As a result of this, I am going to make sure when I am out with friends, then I’m out with friends, real friends, not virtual ones, make memories, have a laugh, have real life social interactions that I will remember for a lifetime.

Here’s another video I found;

It may not be as long as the first one, but the concept is similar. It makes you realize what you really miss out on when your eyes are glued to your smart phones, you don’t see what is really happening.

But the phone’s down and enjoy what’s really around you…

Guinness – Made Of More

This is the latest Guinness advert which started to be shown last month (September 2013). The reason I have decided to blog about this particular advert this week is because I love the concept and the meaning of friendship and selflessness is truly shown by the people in the ad. As we see a group of young men all taking part in a game of wheelchair basketball, we’re shown an intense game and a great deal of teamwork. Then, once the game is over, all but one of the men stand up out of their wheelchair and head out – one giving the last gent, still in the wheelchair a pat on the back. The meaning behind the advert is very sweet and also portrays disability in a positive light – showing they are still normal people. After the game they head out to the pub and each celebrate with a pint of guinness.

Although I love the advert and it’s had a lot of positive press since it’s release I can’t help but wonder what the motivation behind the advert was? Does Guinness really want to change perceptions of disability? Or did they just create this advert because they knew most people would see it and think “Oh that’s a nice thing Guinness have done”?  I tried researching to see if Guinness has had any other links with disability or wheelchair based sports but wasn’t able to find one. I don’t think we’ll be seeing a similar message from Guinness again. Despite being unsure of their motive behind this advert, I won’t take it away from them that they have been very successful and have created a truly heart warming ad. The figures show it’s success as it went viral very quickly generating over 3 million views in 4 days. It’s definitely in my top 20.

“I killed a man.”

What comes to mind when someone mentions a ‘viral’ video? Is it a musical marriage proposal? Twerking gone wrong? Or even a young child shouting “Charlie bit my finger”? If it any of the above do come to mind then I’m not surprised as that’s what I would think of too.

Just to clear it up for any not aware of the term viral video – it’s when a video becomes very popular by people sharing it to others usually via the internet. Usually we find viral videos to be funny, very sweet or unique. However this video I have shared below I am surprised became viral.

This video is very emotive, with a strong message. Without being an advert for “Don’t Drink and Drive” it acts as one. It comes from a campaign/group called Because I Said I WouldThey have a YouTube page, a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. When trying to find out what this group is about I came across the following… Because I said I would is a social movement dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise. To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, we send “promise cards” to anywhere in the world at no cost. Because I said I would executes charitable projects in support of other non-profit organizations and good they bring into the world. (http://www.youtube.com/user/becauseisaidiwould/about).

I doubt you’ll see another viral video like it so give it a watch.