Ann Coulter Doesn’t Like How She Looks

One would think Ann Coulter would be thrilled to be on the cover of Time Magazine. But no. On Hannity + Colmes last night she claimed to not have read the article. She says she stopped at the “elongated funhouse photo.” Well, you know, a hundred years of Madison Avenue advertising suggests that it’s not […]

Why Does “An Army Of One” Need My Son?

Sun Times advertising columnist, Lewis Lazare, explores the rigorous work being done by Leo Burnett on behalf of the Army. Gosh, it’s gotta be tough — crafting commercials that persuade parents to encourage their offspring to enlist in the Army, when almost every day we see and read of more carnage in Iraq. And Iraq, […]

The Ad Industry On Drugs

This article in Ad Age talks about the FDA’s recent decision to pull ads for Levitra and Zyrtec off the air due to misleading claims. What’s interesting here is that pharmaceutical companies seem to be doing what other comsumer marketers used to do, and have been trying to get away from: make claims of superiority, […]

That Other Portland Agency With The Other Shoe Client

Steve Hall points to JohnsonSheen’s new work for running shoe client, Brooks. But, I’m more interested in the Portland agency’s self-promotional copy. SOME AGENCIES PARTY HARD, wear Armani, serve 12 kinds of martinis, and film with Spielberg’s second cousin, because, well, he’s Spielberg’s second cousin. Not coincidentally, they make advertising that’s shiny on the outside […]

Robber Gets Big Idea From Ameriquest Spot

from Boston Globe: The first time he robbed a bank Timothy Connor just slipped a note to a bank teller. The next time, he slipped the note while nonchalantly talking on his cellphone, an act, police said, that mimicked a Super Bowl commercial. His technique, police said, is similar to one used in an Ameriquest […]

Graphic Novels Are Hot

from USA Today: Nancy Drew is 75 years old and still the hippest girl in town. Fresh from getting a new hybrid car and cell phone from Simon & Schuster last year, Nancy now gets her first graphic novel, one of the fastest-expanding areas in book publishing. The Demon of River Heights (Papercutz, $7.95 paperback, […]

Do Not Pass Go

Shawn points to this Associated Press story, about a SPAMer getting sentenced to nine years in prison. A man convicted in the nation’s first felony prosecution for illegal spamming was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday, but the judge postponed the sentence while the case is appealed. Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne said […]

Playlist Sharing Opens New Window

from San Francisco Chronicle: The old adage used to be “you are what you eat.” But with the advent of digital music and the popularity of gadgets like the iPod, now it’s “you are what’s on your playlist.” Last week, musicologists and media pundits around the world had a great time trying to divine what […]

Coldplay Calling

Technology Review reports that Cingular Wireless launched its new ringtone service this week with the exclusive release of “Speed of Sound”, the first Coldplay single from its upcoming album XY, the response from fans was immediate. “We’ve been floored,” says Mark Nagel, director for entertainment and downloadable services for Cingular. Fans can plunk down $2.49 […]

I’ll Have Quiche With My Spritzer

Jonah Bloom of AdAge waxes poetic as he laments the retirement of Miller High Life man. That many of America Share