Libertarian Viral Vid: Porcupine Run

This totally reminds me of badger badger badger, except with a bunch of porcupines (the mascot of the Free State Project) running towards New Hampshire. Addictive it is, this Porcupine Run (thanks Seth Cohn!)

Porcupine Run

Live Free or Die, jogging quilled rodents.

posted by vforvandyke
  • Rick Rajter

    Cool

    But I did find it eerie that nothing was underneath NY on the map… did Pennsylvannia not live free and therefore die?

  • Ncx

    How could anyone possibly take the Free State Project seriously if the only impression they have of it is a bunch of running porcupines and banjo music?

  • http://www.badnarik.org Jon Airheart

    The vid is WAY too long and redundant.

  • http://www.unorthodoxthoughts.com/ UnOrthodox

    It’s nice – but badger badger has a much bigger advantage over it : it’s faster & more upbeat. The Porcupine Run needs to do both if it wants to keep the attention of people.

  • Bob

    sucked. irritating. inefective.

  • ianbernard

    I had to watch for a while to get all the content, and it’s awfully repetitive. Cute though.

  • DAP

    interesting

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    I agree… this one is pretty corny and annoying.

  • http://libertarianyouth.blogspot.com Nigel Watt

    The music makes me want to kill things.

  • http://www.lpgeorgia.com Trevor Southerland

    Yep. I am moving to Vermont.

  • DAP

    But really, it isnt any more annoying then badger badger badger, and that got a lot of attention.

  • http://reinke.cc reinkefj

    How about packaging it as a screen saver? And, how about a series of jpeg. I particularly liked the “don’t tread on me” in various colors. imho!

  • Wes

    I keep seeing this banner for the “New Hampshire Library Association”.

    I don’t have anything against libraries, but shouldn’t that be “New Hampshire Liberty Alliance”? Did somebody say, “Throw in the NHLA”?

  • Daniel

    Maybe New Hampshire Library Association isn’t a mistake. Check this out: http://www.state.nh.us/nhla/if1.htm

  • disinter

    Holly crap!! I haven’t laughed that friggin hard in a LONG ass time! This combined with that cheezy-ass one on the LP.org site pretty much gaurantees our marginalization…

  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    I have to say, that I didn’t like the video the 1st time I saw it. However, I talked with the creator and I was told a secret that I will share as long as you promise to keep it quite. Try taking psychedelic drugs and then watching the video, trust me :)

  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    And Trevor, moving to VT will not help. Check out the secret history of NH and VT.
    http://www.vintagedge.com/xVermontSpooning.lasso

  • ianbernard

    Keith, I have a feeling that would be a help. One of those porcs did look pretty tweaked!

  • http://www.psychopolitik.com b-psycho

    badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers badgers

    porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines porcupines

    …not the same ring to it.

  • Deimos

    Terrible. Trying to make a “viral video” with a point contradicts almost the entire point of such videos. In fact, trying to make a video “viral” is just as foolish.

  • http://www.freeme.org Keith

    With everyone talking about the Badger Badger Badger flash, I went and viewed it. Shit, it is even worse than the Porcupine Run. I guess I just don’t like this type of stuff. I much prefer the YouTube videos.

  • Tim

    It’s excellent. Much more effective than badger badger badger, and it makes an exceedingly important point. I particularly liked the intermittent pictures of historical figures of freedom interspersed with quotations regarding anti-statism and individual freedom. It held my interest much longer than badger badger badger ever could or did. Well done, Seth. You deserve thanks from me and everyone else who holds that personal liberty and political freedom are among the highest and most important values.

  • Mark

    mushroom mushroom

    its a snaaaake!

  • Seth

    Tim, wasn’t my creation. The credit goes to FSP Vice President Steve Cobb for taking the idea and making it a reality.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    Well, having just viewed the Badger Badger Badger video (equally annoying) for the first time, I would say that maybe Porcupine Run isn’t so bad by comparison. At least it seems to have a point to it.

  • http://www.freestateproject.org Steve

    Back in the 2000 elections, http://www.ThisModernWorld.com had a great series of Flash animations supporting the Green Party’s candidate, Ralph Nader. I was envious–how come the LP didn’t have such a thing? Like a small kid or a small country, a small political party needs to be clever if it wants to go up against bigger competitors. We should be making maximum use of technology, especially the internet, thinly spread as we are.

    Fast-forward to 2006: Inspired by the Football Badgers, I used the Internet, specifically http://www.elance.com, to find a developer to make the Porcupine Run animation. Bids came in from all over the world, but I chose a company here in Moscow, figuring that development risk would be lowered by proximity and a common language (not the only factors…). The actual developer is a kid in Tomsk, in the middle of Siberia.

    continued…

  • http://www.freestateproject.org Steve

    Given the budget, the animation turned out well. I got little constructive input from my libertarian colleagues during development, testing, and now launch. I consider it a prototype, and I can only hope that someday some libertarians appear with talent and energy who can help take it further, or do something better. But Godot will probably appear first.

    Ironically, and coincidentally, I am also on the team translating the Flash animation “Introduction to the Phiolosophy of Liberty” at http://www.isil.com into other languages. I support a student here in Moscow, while two others are in Switzerland.

    I hope that someday we can form a libertarian talent network, something along the lines of elance.com. The FSP could really use a couple more Drupal developers:
    http://freestateproject.org/drupal_civicspace_background

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