Ed Driscoll

Bicentennial Swine Flu Ads

“With the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle, there always has to be something to say. You need excitement. ‘We’re all gonna die!’ sells papers and gets people talking”, Charlie Martin writes.

“How quickly can Swine Flu make you sick? About 90 minutes of CNN should do it“, Gerard Vanderluen adds. A minute and a half of these vintage 1976-era TV ads should work even faster:

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Hey, did anybody notice Chris Gampel, the late actor who played “Dr. Flicker” in the classic scene in Annie Hall where young Alvy is worried that “the universe is expanding”? He’s the fourth swine flu victim in the first ad in the above YouTube clip.

Related: “Swine flu ‘debacle’ of 1976 is recalled”; meanwhile, James Lileks explores how the Minneapolis MSM of today is breathlessly hyping their coverage.