Studio 360’s Redesign Challenge: the Fourth of July

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 08:47 AM

Studio 360 has a summer project in the works and we need your help: we're redesigning the Fourth of July.

Don't worry, it's not a complete gutting.  We're keeping the red, white, and blue, the cookouts, and the fireworks.  But there are a couple of elements that we think can use some sprucing up.

Exhibit A: Uncle Sam

In this shot, he's downright terrifying.  And when he's not bullying and pointing, he seems to spend a lot of time selling used cars and air conditioners at low, low prices -- hardly the sort of behavior we'd expect from our national icon.

The Challenge: We want you to come up with a better mascot for the United States of America. You can update Uncle Sam or completely replace him.

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Exhibit B: The Star-Spangled Banner

When Portland Trailblazers coach Mo Cheeks steps in to help the situation, he just proves our point: while it's certainly rousing and epic, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is notoriously difficult to sing, with lyrics most people can't remember.

The Challenge: We want you to compose a completely new song -- with original music and lyrics -- for our national anthem. Post your songs here.

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The fine print: Enter our challenge as many times as you like.  Submissions posted before midnight (ET) Sunday, June 20 will be eligible for mention on the show, airing Fourth of July weekend.

In you we trust.

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Don

New words for Star Spangled Banner:

OH HOW CAN IT BE?
WE'RE A MINORITY,
IN THE MUCH WIDER WORLD,
FAR BEYOND OUR HORIZONS.

YET WE TELL ALL THE WORLD,
THEY MUST FOLLOW OUR LEAD.
WE SAY WE ARE THE LAST HOPE
OF HUMANITY.

BUT IF WE REAL-LY DO WANT MORE
FREEDOM AND LIBERTY-Y.
WE MUST KNOW WE ARE FEW-ER
THAN FIVE PER CENT OF HUMANS.

Jun. 18 2010 03:50 PM
Christine Kretz

Awe, c'mon: most people don't know the words? We really don't understand what the lycrics mean? Have our education levels slipped so low that we actually don't know the words to our own national anthem?

I'm sure you were just trying to provoke a response but I assure you, even if we can't hit the high notes, we all know the words.

I get the idea for your contest and you can redesign Uncle Sam all you like. He needs a make over at least. (Maybe I'll send you a US "Nanny" as we seem to be headed to a nanny-state. I'm sure you'll get some fun ideas.

I'd respectfully suggest that you leave the anthem alone. Okay your contest is already on but some things that are tradition should just stay that way. But, have fun with the contest. I'll look forward to seeing the results.

May. 23 2010 11:56 AM

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