Pinning the Surreal-O-Meter
An anti-suicide bombing PSA. For Iraq.
Public service announcements have changed a lot since that foreboding culinary lesson. They now include exploding cars, flying Matrix-style stuntmen and exceedingly dire messages like "Don't Suicide Bomb." A new, American-made PSA aimed at discouraging these deadly attacks is currently in production. The ad is slated to air as a 60-second spot on Iraqi television this summer.
I guess the folks who commissioned this weren't aware of the situation in Iraq. From the memo obtained by the WaPo last week:
"Employees all confirm that by the last week of May, they were getting one hour of power for every six hours without. ... One staff member reported that a friend lives in a building that houses a new minister; within 24 hours of his appointment, her building had city power 24 hours a day."
I've found it's kinda hard to watch TV without electricity. I guess subtleties like that escape some people, though.