About This Show
We find commercials really interesting, and often hilariously or tragically out of touch, so join us as we nitpick the hell of out the mammoth industry of advertising. Every week on Pop Up, Dillon Wall (filmmaker) and Daniel Lanza Rivers (scholar and critic in cultural studies) watch a commercial, and then break it down for you by looking at film techniques, marketing choices, broader societal context, and anything else they can think of. The show is often salient, and always entertaining... because for an industry built on knowing what we want, they sure get it wrong a lot.
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Most Recent Episode
Old Plastic Bottle - The Latest Lovable Pixar Character
Join us this week as we watch a PSA promoting recycling. It creates a Pixar-esque story of a lovable character's long journey, and somehow, even though the character is an old plastic bottle (literally a piece of trash), you wind up loving and rooting for the character. We explore the ubiquity of anthropocentric storytelling and problem-solving, how that might recenter conversations around serious problems, and - on the flip side of that argument - how despite that, it may be the smartest marketing technique to promote immediate change.
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