Video Wednesday

Tom Ridgewell (a.k.a. “Tom Ska”) released a trio of “banned” advertisements last month for the University of Lincoln, where he is a student in his final year, and all have gone viral. (Note to the hopelessly literal: The ads, which Mr. Ridgewell and his “ragtag bunch” filmed on Lincoln’s campus, aren’t really banned; they’re unofficial promotional videos—the type of thing that might horrify parents or stodgy campus officials but that prospective students are likely to eat up.)

The first one features a campy dinosaur attack and pyrotechnics, the second involves physical violence and still more pyrotechnics,  and the third depicts an ultraviolent, armed response to a campus zombie attack (as if there were any other way to respond).

An interviewer from Higher Ed Live talked to Mr. Ridgewell about his videos via Skype.

Canada’s “vote mobs” have been getting lively in recent weeks. Here, University of Victoria students demand a little “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” and urge their fellow Canadians to cast their ballots on May 2.

Mary Flanagan, a digital humanities professor at Dartmouth College, and her undergraduate students worked with Mascoma Valley Health Initiative on “Pox: Save the People,” a game that that depicts the importance of immunization. “Pox” retails for $22.95 and is available for purchase at the Tiltfactor Web site store.

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