Wheaton Blasts Anderson Out of His Cannon In Media Free-For-All

Ken Wheaton of Ad Age is not impressed by Chris Anderson. In fact, he says the Wired editor, circuit speaker and author is “less intellectually curious than George ‘Dubya’ Bush.” In response to an interview with Anderson in Spiegel–where Anderson says he doesn’t use the words journalism, media or news anymore–Wheaton writes: Perhaps if Chris […]

Toshiba To Take “My Dog Ate It” For An Answer

“Don’t get angry, get Toshiba” is the new call to action from McCann Erickson Düsseldorf. According to McCann, “Accidents. Theft. Unemployment. No matter what. And your satisfaction is guaranteed.” Find out more at nomatterwhatguarantee.com. Share

The Bottled Water Debate Heats Up

Outside of political marketing, you rarely see ads where one marketer calls another one a liar. The New York Times reports on one brand that’s opposed to bottled water and isn’t afraid to say it. Taking a cue from antitobacco campaigns, Tappening, a group opposed to bottled water on environmental grounds, has introduced a campaign […]

Ads Need To Stop Acting Like Ads And Start Acting Like Content

Beth Wilson of Women’s Wear Daily reports on print maven Tina Brown’s advice to bloggers seeking a pay day. So how can media companies, advertisers or bloggers really make money on the Web? Tina Brown, one of the keynote speakers at last weekend’s 2009 BlogHer conference in Chicago, said she may be closer to finding […]

Here, Sign This And You Can Have One Month of Severance

It’s not often that you see labor activists get in the grill of a large advertising concern, but that’s what’s happening in New York City, where members of Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) are protesting the rough treatment workers at Havas’ Media Planning Group (MPG) received last spring. MPG recently cut 11 percent […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: It’s Your Face, But They Can Make An Ad With It

L.A. Times tech reporter, Mark Milian, shows Facebook users the way to freedom from advertising-driven exploitation. Social news sites Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon all are experimenting with user-ranked ads. Facebook is taking a different approach by sticking your mugshot directly into your friends’ sponsored posts. Milian then offers the link to opt out of this […]

IPG, Like Many Others, Suffering from Severe Lack of Income

According to The Wall Street Journal, Interpublic Group of Cos. reported a 71% drop in second-quarter profit. The New York-based parent company of DraftFCB and McCann-Erickson reported earnings of $27.8 million, down from $95.1 million a year earlier. Ouch. Interestingly, the paper seems to be taking the news in stride. There’s no big article, no […]

Beer For The People. The People For Beer.

North Korea wants its people to drink beer and they’ve made a commercial to prove it. When asked, Sonya Grewal, award-winning creative director for Young & Rubicam in Chicago, told Global Post: It’s 2 minutes and 34 seconds too long. I think we’re looking at a viral version. The unedited, director’s cut that got out […]

There Must Be A Rabbit In This Hat Somewhere

We’ve all heard about the magic in the creative process. It’s more art than science, and all that. Let’s have a look at how it really works… Share

A Healthy Debate For TV Stations

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the back-and-forth debate over health care reform has been a big help to cash-strapped TV stations: Altogether, groups on various sides of the debate have spent an average of about $1 million a day in recent weeks, analysts say. Some ads from conservative groups say Democrats want to bring […]