Man Fights America With Soft Drink. Wins Respect of Quixotic Society.

Tawfik Mathlouthi is the French entrepreneur behind Mecca Cola, a new soft drink designed to cash in on anti-American sentiment around the world. He hopes to make Mecca Cola the soft drink of choice for Muslims everywhere and thus push out that icon of American capitalism Coca-Cola. It is all about combating “America’s imperialism and […]

Big Idea Reporter Asks, “What’s the big idea?”

Big Idea, “Your connection to the communications arts,” is a trade magazine established in 1993 to “help creative advertising and corporate in-house professionals [creatives] excel in the business by providing industry insight, supplier information and networking opportunities.” On Friday, I was contacted by a reporter for Big Idea and asked several questions about AdPulp. I […]

Tacos So Good We’d Rather Talk About Ourselves

Outdoor for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos by tda in Boulder Share

Outstanding Mission Statements: Second In A Series

MISSION STATEMENT Heeb is the roiling product of so many drunken postmillennial nights on the mean streets of the Lower East Side. It is an ambitious antitrust investigation into the monopoly on God. It is a sweaty prizefight between hip hop and sushi in this corner and klezmer and kugel in the other. It is […]

Taking Note Of Naomi

If you work in branded communications today, Naomi Klein has your number. She’s sort of like Rachel Carson, but the pollution she fights against is brand proliferation. Here’s her bio on The Nation, where she publishes regularly: Born in Montreal in 1970, Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best-seller No […]

Subaru Is Garfinkel’s Simon

from Adweek: After winning Subaru early this month, DDB’s Lee Garfinkel sat in his Madison Avenue office-bare white walls, an acoustic guitar sitting nearby-and contemplated the significance of the victory. The big picture was obvious: It meant a return to the automobile category for the agency that changed the ad business with its Volkswagen work […]

Lurking Behind The Screen No Longer Good Enough For Google

from Wired: Google has bought digital mapmaker Keyhole, extending the search engine leader’s bid to fend off rivals with a toolbox that can catalog almost anything in the world. Keyhole uses 3-D technology to provide faraway or close-up views of a region, neighborhood or specific address. The images, which will be available through Google (GOOG), […]

Cramer/Krasselt Gets “D” For Hyatt Work

Lewis Lazare in today’s Sun Times: What’s most depressing about this new Hyatt campaign, called “Spliced,” is that its creators have completely forgotten — or else totally ignored — the cardinal rule of truly great and memorable advertising: Tell a good and relevant story, and tell it extraordinarily well. That is certainly NOT what the […]

Yeah You Right

As part of my daily media intake, I include a healthy serving of Lagniappe Jazz into the mix. “Lagniappe” roughly translates to hospitality, Nawlins style, or a relaxed way of life. In a far from relaxed mode, the Recording Industry Association of America threatens the ability of small independent webcasters to provide the type of […]

News From France: Utopian Socialism Takes On Capitalist Bigfoot

Business Week reports that Microsoft is battling for market share in many European cities, where government and business buyers are increasingly opting for the Linux operating system. from the article: “There’s a cultural element, too. Europeans have an affinity for Linux because it was created by a Finn, Linus Torvalds. And the communitarian culture of […]