Best PSAs in the last year?
February 24, 2012 12:54 PM   Subscribe

Last year, I asked this question about innovative and original public service announcements, and I got some very helpful answers. I was wondering if any new ones have come out that I should know about.

Controversial, unusually effective, and thought-provoking are good. I will be using basically the same criteria as in the previous question, but I might be able to use ads that don't fit the criteria in lecture and as examples.
posted by TrarNoir to Education (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't know about their effectiveness in actually preventing workplace injuries, but there have been two series of ads about workplace safety that people talk about here.

The first features various injuries occurring in the workplace involving young people - there is the bakery/bread slicer, building site/nail gun, kitchen/boiling water. People who have seen these remember them! They can be seen here (titled 'Young Worker') or on Youtube (look for worksafe victoria).

The other series has been about how "the most important reason for workplace safety is not at work at all" - i.e. it is your family at home. And these make lots of people I know cry.

There have been different sets of ads on this theme. In the link above, the ones titled "Valuing Safety" are part of the series (one near the top, one at the bottom of that list) - one is about the police going to tell the family of a death, one is about a workplace accident on tv, and the family trying to get onto their loved one. There are the Carols ones, which were released around Christmas. And on Worksafe Victoria's YouTube Channel, there is "Homecoming" showing people waiting for their loved ones to come home.
posted by AnnaRat at 3:33 PM on February 24, 2012

Sorry, I should add that these aren't new, but they may be new to you.
posted by AnnaRat at 3:34 PM on February 24, 2012

New Zealand drink driving ad that was funny and showed negotiations with some who wanted to drive, not just 'don't do this'.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 4:44 PM on February 24, 2012

Probably covered in your previous thread (sorry, too lazy to check!) but there was a graphic one in Britain last year or the year before that basically put a camera in a car with some teenage girls who were texting and driving and they crashed. Sort of manipulative and affecting at the same time.

In Pittsburgh, I believe, there was an anti-co-sleeping campaign showing babies in bed with meat cleavers as if to say, "co-sleeping is as dangerous as putting your baby to bed with sharp objects." Didn't go over well.

In Georgia there have been some controversial anti-obesity campaigns featuring obese children, which some say is exploitive.
posted by elizeh at 8:36 PM on February 24, 2012

Tobacco free Florida has a series of ads that makes me flinch. The frog one is particularly well done.
posted by eleanna at 12:22 PM on February 25, 2012

You also might like the (multiple ad) Adopt US Kids campaign.
posted by eleanna at 6:25 PM on February 26, 2012

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