Post Post-Modernism: The Art Of Branding

From Los Angeles Times: Here in remote West Texas, where rodeo means bulls and broncos, is a tiny store adorned with canvas awnings carrying the logo of the Italian fashion house Prada. On view inside are 20 women’s shoes and half a dozen handbags — some in the four-figure price range. But the “store” is […]

Conservative Governor Ignores Pleas From Outoor Advertising Lobby

From The State: South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford, vetoed a bill meant to prevent local governments from removing billboards that don’t comply with city or county laws. In a letter to House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, Sanford said he vetoed the bill because it favors the outdoor advertising industry over other types of businesses and […]

Starcom Has The Star Power

From Lewis Lazare: Macy’s department store chain, a division of Federated Department Stores, has completed a national media-buying agency review and named Starcom USA/Chicago, as the retailer’s first national planning and buying agency, effective immediately. Starcom’s assignment includes more than $200 million a year in media planning and buying for Macy’s television, radio, print, out-of-home […]

Sexually Explicit Double Entendre

In the sexually repressed North American nation where I reside, alcohol advertisements can not make claims that one’s sexual attractiveness or performance will be heightened by the selection of the correct beer, wine or spirit. Apparently, Japan has no such controls. Witness this Ogilvy Japan ad for Corona: In case you missed it, the copy […]

If You’re Serious About Transparency, Try Public Office Space

Prime Pearl Street “office space” Om Malik’s place has a guest piece from Jackson West. Mr. West’s topic is coffee houses as Web 2.0 office spaces. Forget Palo Alto garages — San Francisco coffee shops are where to get your startup off the ground. Internet cafes are emerging as an important place to get work […]

Tell It To The Machine

Human beings hungry for rapidly made imitation Mexican food, must be computer literate to place an order*. Courtesy of Flickr user, “maju6406.” *at participating locations, offer not valid via email [via Random Culture]

A Reductive And Immeasurably Harmful Code Of Public Discourse

Do you know about the First Things First manifesto? I did not, until today. According to Wikipedia, this is what it’s about: The First Things First manifesto was written 29 November 1963 and published in 1964 by Ken Garland. Today we may not understand the significance of the document which at the time caused consternation. […]

Passing The Hat

Jason Kottke quit his day job over a year ago in order to blog full time. His large and loyal following, helped him achieve this via 1450 micropayments totalling $39,900 (collected in the first three weeks of the drive). Of course, he’s thankful, but he won’t be asking for more of the same. I’m not […]