benetton – unhate video, dirty water world’s leading cause of death, liberalism spreading among college freshmen

Benetton – Unhate ad campaign. Just to be on the safe side I’d say this video is not safe for work.

Projet Benetton – Unhate
Production Irene Paris
Agence 72andSunny
Pays Monde

Solidarités – Dirty Water. This one is safe. It is also remarkable in its use of graphic art in an entertaining way to convey a social message.

Projet Dirty Water
Réalisation Clement Beauvais
Production Hush
Agence BDDP Unlimited

To mark World Water Day, on March 22nd Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited will roll out a campaign to build awareness of the scourge of undrinkable water.

Today, it is estimated that 3.6 million people, including 1.5 million children under the age of 5, die every year of diseases borne by unhealthy water, making it the world’s leading cause of death.



Liberalism spreading among college freshmen, survey finds

Already inclined toward liberalism, college freshmen are leaning even farther left on key political issues, a nationwide survey of first-year students has found.

An all-time high of 71.3 percent of the new students support same-sex marriage, 6.4 percentage points higher than in 2009, according to the annual survey of more than 200,000 freshmen conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute.

Nearly 43 percent of conservative freshmen said gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry.

Opinions on abortion, marijuana legalization, immigration and affirmative action also grew more liberal in 2011, according to data released Wednesday. The 270-school survey — the country’s largest sampling of college students — was first used in 1966.

“It’s not so much that liberal students are becoming more liberal,” said Linda DeAngelo, one of the report’s authors. “It’s that students who describe themselves as conservative are becoming more progressive.”

A little more than 22 percent of respondents described themselves as conservative or “far right.” About 30 percent said they were liberal or “far left,” while 47.4 percent called themselves “middle of the road.”

Despite the apparent liberalization, political advocates hoping to recruit students to their causes need to realize the survey is more reflective of young people’s tolerance on social issues, not enthusiasm, said Ange-Marie Hancock, a political-science professor at the
University of Southern California.

“They’re not like ATMs, where you can just withdraw their support,” she said. “You have to cultivate them as voters.”

Some of them are going through the college progressive phase. Th same is true for some conservatives and young libertarians as well. While encouraging that the next generation has more moderate cultural views thy don’t – according to this survey anyway – make the connection between economic issues/economic justice, education and cultural moderation. Much of the shrill demonizing we hear about issues from women’s rights to gay marriage to marijuana legalization is through the power that comes with money. If you ever live in a state that has public referendums you’ll get the acute awareness of how money can shift a debate away from the rational and humane aspect of an issue to very base appeals to fear. Look at the tremendous financial and human resources the radical Right puts into dispensing disinformation – cable, radio, newspaper columns, direct mail. Yet with that constant barrage of propaganda they can’t seem to hold back the wave of progress on cultural attitudes. Imagine if there was an equal amount of opinion based on a more progressive agenda. Progressives do not have quite the noise machine the far Right has. Thus progress is not quite a sisyphean struggle, but progress is inching ever so slowly forward because of the mountain of deliberate and maliciously spread of bullsh*t. Too often issues are not settled by logical debate they’re settled by the biggest spenders. One of, if not the most horrible aspects of the Citizens United ruling was that it made official the trend to make those of average means less powerful than those with deep pockets.

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster

There are more and larger pictures at the link.