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Apr. 29 2010 - 6:25 pm | 74 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Best Thing Ever Of The Day (Web video division)

Rhett & Link are two guys with a video camera and a sponsor, and they’re traveling the country making free commercials for local businesses. Like this one, which Errol Morris recently called “the best commercial ever made.”

What’s the catch? According to Rhett & Link,

The catch is, there is no catch. This program is supported by MicroBilt Corporation, a company devoted to helping small businesses see profit. They want to see deserving local businesses get their props and have fun doing it, so they’re pimping us out to make it happen and frankly, if loving small business is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Fair enough. I guess you could spend some time trying to unpack riddles like: Is it really authentic when two hipsters with sharp senses of humor make local TV spots that are deliberately quirky, as opposed to the seemingly sincere amateur local spots whose greatest glory has been the epic Flea Market Montgomery

…but this is quibbling and honestly, at that point my head starts to get all explodey. Besides, the Rhett & Link spots are plainly and simply awesome. Better just to enjoy. If you’re a local businessperson and want the Rhett & Link treatment, nominate yourself here.


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