And now a public service announcement for public service announcements. Since World War II, the US government has been harnessing the power of the media to raise awareness about certain topics and to shape people’s behavior.
Although some PSA’s are wildly ridiculous like trying to get people to eat healthy or to avoid using drugs, the reason these campaigns persist is because to some extent they are successful. So where are all the public service announcements for COVID?
Today, Summer Nettles, TV news producer and former communications specialist for the City of Denver, Colorado, joins us to look at some of our favorite public service health TV ads, and why Republicans aren’t using what we’ve learned in the past 75 years of ads.
➤ When Pee Wee Herman told kids not to use crack.
➤ Don’t play inside of refrigerators.
➤ Time for Timer– did you try to make popsicles out of toothpicks and ice cube trays filled with juice?