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Sarah Silverman Uses YouTube, Bikini Bottoms to Kickstart an Online Anti-Adelson Campaign

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 16 2012

Sarah Silverman in a new YouTube video. Source: Scissorsheldon.com

Sometime in the next two or three days, an ankles-in-the-air Sarah Silverman will probably appear in your Facebook news feed with a political stunt video designed to hijack the 21st-century media cycle as we now understand it.

If casino mogul Sheldon Adelson would just stop giving money to super PACs supporting Mitt Romney's candidacy, she says in a new video, she will put on bikini bottoms and perform a sex act with him that is so far out of its normal context — the video hypes it up with the tagline "traditional lesbian sex" — as to make it almost-but-not-quite acceptable to describe to a family audience.

It's the product of a project called Schlep Labs, an incubator for Internet-enabled political media that consultants Ari Wallach and Mik Moore are hoping to use to jumpstart campaigns targeted at Jewish voters. Visitors submit their ideas about how to use social media, humor and celebrity to gin up support for Barack Obama, a small committee plucks the best ones, and then Wallach and Moore's super PAC, the Jewish Council for Education and Research, steps in to back the campaign.

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On Humor and Being 'Harmonized:' Read This NYTimes Piece on Censorship in China

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Discovered late, this New York Times Magazine article on the tension between Internet humor and censors in China is well worth a read: To slip past censors, Chinese bloggers have become masters of comic subterfuge, ... Read More

The Internet #SlowClaps, Congress Takes a Bow

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 3 2011

Here's the staff of Rep. Hank Johnson, Democrat of Georgia, from their unofficial (but verified) account, responding to the Internet's sarcastic applause for Congress' passage of the debt ceiling: [View the story "The ... Read More

The Internet is Getting Together to #SlowClapForCongress

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 2 2011

"When the debt deal goes through," Baltimore-based developer Chris Ashworth mused Sunday on Twitter to what he describes as a fairly modest following, "can we start a meme where we all make videos of ourselves slowly ... Read More