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Forwarding Fun

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These last two weeks have been a bumper ones for email forwards. Here are three of the highlights all stored in the Files directory:
– The controversial Suicide Bomber advertisement from Volkswagen (denied by VW, and in the news everywhere).
– The redeem themselves, the absolutely SUPERB Gene Kelly/VW Golf GTi advertisement.
– A very sweary but very funny song about the London Underground, by a band called Amateur Transplants. The rest of the album is here, and if you buy it the money goes to charity.
UPDATE: So, I innocently forward the London Underground song it to Tim over at, which was apparently enough to spur him on and make a flash video of the song in under a day! Here’s the story behind the video, and here’s the main event – The London Underground Web Video, including all those naughty words…

Crazy Frog and Suicide Bombers

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Viral marketing – a type of marketing that is made to spread through hearsay, gossip and email – seems to have the public by the gullet at the moment. Firstly, there’s that infernally annoying Crazy Frog “best ringtone in the world” – that the keen geeks amongst you may know originated from an impersonation of Murray Walker. Then, there’s the Volkswagen suicide bomber “advert” that has been doing the rounds since last week on email and websites. When I emailed it to friends last week, I knew it would kick off – and lo and behold newspapers are up in arms and VW are looking to sue – or at least pretend they never commissioned it.
I’d go into more depth – but Tim and has beaten me to it, thrashing through the facts more throughly than I could ever manage. So, without further ado, here is Tim’s analysis on:
The VW Polo ‘suicide bomber’ non-ad
The Evolution of Crazy Frog – from Deng Deng to Ringtone