Changing the Conversation: College Humor?!?

Since I started talking about “Changing the Conversation about Global Poverty”, a lot has changed.

People, organizations, and charities are starting to realize you can’t guilt your way into getting people to support your cause. Many charities are also starting to use the internet in a way that’s just more than uploading their TV spots.

I’ve talked about a lot of charities that are taking the lead in this. But today I’d like to talk about an unlikely source in helping to change this conversation – CollegeHumor.com.

CollegeHumor is one of my favorite sites. They’ve helped create amazingly funny videos like the Powerthirst 2 commercial, Where the Hell is Matt spoof (NSFW.. kinda), Jack Bauer in 1994, and much more.

Their recent spoof is a stab at what I consider the most annoying, guilt-inducing, charity commercial in the history of the world. First, take a look at the original (the charity has disabled YouTube embedding so that their video cannot be used in blog posts like this):

[Please Click this Link to See the Original Video]

It’s got all the hallmarks of what I hate about charity commercials. CollegeHumor’s spoof takes this on – almost phrase by phrase. They also make fun of grad students which – as a former grad student – I can especially appreciate the humor.

Sometimes criticizing something doesn’t work as well as spoofing it. Hopefully, the only time we’ll be seeing Mr. White Beard of Guilt from now on is when he’s trying to help grad students.

2 Responses to “Changing the Conversation: College Humor?!?”


  1. 1 Mike

    Sucks to be a new grad now….I though it was tough when I was younger and now looking back when I was just that age it was the mid eighties and the time for excess. We used to be able to smoke at work, have a two hour martini lunch, and do lines of coke in the office while having sex with one of the employees on the desk.

    I miss those days…I really do.

  2. 2 Mike

    Sucks to be a new grad now….I though it was tough when I was younger and now looking back when I was just that age it was the mid eighties and the time for excess. We used to be able to smoke at work, have a two hour martini lunch, and do lines of coke in the office while having sex with one of the employees on the desk.

    I miss those days…I really do.

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