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From: Lauren Weinstein
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 12:46:38
To: David Farber
Subject: Freedom Ad from the Ad Council


A marvelous video spot is starting to appear, sponsored by the Ad Council. It's worth watching for.

It begins with a teenager who approaches the help counter at a library. He tells the librarian that he can't find the books he has on a list, which he hands her. She looks them up in the computer, and replies, "These books are no longer available... may I have your name, please?" When the kid walks away from the counter without giving his name, he's approached by two men in suits (one of whom takes his arm) appearing from behind some shelves, who "just have a couple of questions" for him. Meanwhile, the librarian is watching with a look of sadness and concern.

A tagline appears: "What if America wasn't America?
Freedom. Appreciate it. Cherish it. Protect it."

Definitely one of the most chilling (and unfortunately appropriate) ads I've ever seen.

Lauren Weinstein
Co-Founder, PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility -
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