More Transparent Product Placement?

Looks like the government wants to get involved in TV’s last best hope: Possibly coming to televisions across the nation: stronger warnings that the Cokes, Oreos and Sidekicks flaunted by actors have bought their way onto your favorite show. That’s what the Federal Communications Commission signaled yesterday when it said it would review new rules […]

Foraging for Meaning: Hunters & Gatherers Work the Web

Rick Myers points to an interesting piece about how we read online by Slate’s Michael Agger. Near the end of the piece, there’s a link to “Hamlet’s Blackberry: Why Paper Is Eternal” by William Powers. Here’s a clip from Powers’ 74-page document: Paper is the most successful communications innovation of the last 2000 years, the […]

Delta Gets A ‘Cue

‘Cue Confessions is a new BBQ blog written by David Bailey and sponsored by Delta’s “Sky Magazine.” [via Adages] In related news, Danny G. has been busy shooting and editing footage of BBQ expert David Gelin visiting famous Georgia smokemarks.

Newspaper Editors Also Pissed at AP

Bloggers are not the only people pissed off at Associated Press these days. According to The Wall Street Journal, a growing cadre of newspaper editors are upset with the 162-year-old newsgathering cooperative. Some newspapers have attempted to reduce their reliance on the AP. This past spring, prompted by unhappiness with the AP’s fees and reduced […]

Environmental Degradation Makes My Head Hurt

I was browsing through the TV spots archived on Adfreak’s YouTube page this morning, when I came across this spot from Environmental Defense Fund. See GetAmericaWorking for more.

McKinney Is Free At Last

You can’t put a price on freedom, unless you’re an independent agency working to free yourself from the clutches of a holding company. According to Ad Age, McKinney, the Durham, N.C.-based agency, is set to become an independent again, following a deal struck by agency management to re-acquire 100% interest from Havas, its French parent. […]

Drink Gatorade. Climb Walls.

According to Shoot, Element 79 hired director Baker Smith of harvest in Santa Monica to make this “viral video” for Gatorade. The catch is amazing, but so is the fact that Gatorade just barely makes an appearance. [via Shedwa]

Paint By Numbers Design Rules

BusinessWeek canvassed a broad range of Internet luminaries to discover the design rules they live by. 1. Thou shalt not abuse Flash. 2. Thou shalt not hide content. 3. Thou shalt not clutter. 4. Thou shalt not overuse glassy reflections. 5. Thou shalt not name your Web 2.0 company with an unnecessary surplus or dearth […]