Could you survive a week without the Internet?
That's the subject of this short documentary from Mother London, which follows the lives of five digital natives as they attempt to get through a week without social networking, web browsing, or even taking the dreaded selfie.
Tellingly, participants, along with their friends and family members, reported a greater overall level of happiness, with one son saying his dad was much friendlier to be around without the digital distractions.
A South African grocery store was the setting for a touching tribute to Nelson Mandela. On December 7, a Johannesburg location of Woolworths was treated to a flash mob of singers from the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The Grammy Award-winning choir, who last performed in Vancouver in 2012, posed as grocery store employees and customers before breaking out into an a cappella version of Asimbonanga (We have not seen him), a song written by musician Johnny Clegg in 1987 as a call for Mandela’s freedom during his incarceration.
The “impromptu” performance left many customers in the busy grocery store in tears and deeply touched.
Hand-drawn Doctors and Norwegian synth-pop? Yes, please!
Made for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary (and originally set to some seriously dramatic tunes), Richard Swarbrick and Eva Wagner's animation has now been combined with the strains of Norwegian '80s band a-ha's hit "Take on Me".
I'll include that below because, to be honest, there's never an occasion when I won't watch it.
It's not every day you see a commercial tackle discrimination. But an ad from Pantene Philippines has done just that.
The 60-second TV advertisement, as part of the female empowerment #WhipIt campaign, deftly exposes the double-standards of the gender divide in the workplace. It points out how the same qualities are deemed positive for men but negative for women.
Check out the Pinay power ad below.
The company also teamed up with the Rappler website for a series of essays and discussions on the gender bias.
This week, however, it took a far more sombre approach in this five-minute fictitious look at what's in store for Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
It sends a message that what's happening in Canada's biggest city isn't nearly as funny as U.S. late-night TV comedians sometimes suggest.
This video hasn't gone viral yet.
When it arrived in my in-box, it had only been seen by 59 viewers on YouTube.
But I'm betting the numbers will increase over the next two weeks as the marketing shopathon known as Christmas comes barrelling at us.
The Santa in this video is in cahoots with the corporate sector to steal childhood innocence and crush the environmental movement.
"Oh there are a few people who know what's going on, like that pain in the ass Bill Rees," Santa says. "But their voices are weak and ours are strong. And we're everywhere."
J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic gets just a little more catty with this video mashup that combines The Hobbit with 2004 Lindsay Lohan vehicle Mean Girls. Surprisingly, the two works actually complement each other fairly well.
And if this isn't enough Hobbit hype for you (the next film is released December 13), Denny's has resurrected its Middle-earth-inspired food and beverage offerings. From what I've seen of the menu, it's at least as gut-bombingly mediocre as the restaurant's previous attempt.
In this entry in our exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin series, the Starfleet captain puts his cultured spin on the holiday classic.
Make it so! Make it so! Make it so!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the entire Chronicles of Narnia made the cut. So did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
This proves that racist children's books can still make great holiday presents. So long as you're ready to have a talk about racism with your seven-year-old.
In this video, Jack Vale mines social media for the details of the people around him—information they've freely uploaded to the Internet—and freaks a hell of a lot of people out in the process.
It's a sobering reminder of the power of information sharing.