When Old-Fashioned Letter Writing Fails…

NYT: A full-page advertisement – set to appear in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call today – pleads with Congress to pay for stronger levees in the devasted city of New Orleans. It also reminds the lawmakers that things are far from normal in a city where block after block remains ghostly and dark. “Since […]

Making The Most Of One’s Marquee

Allen Michaan, owner of the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California, posts his political views for hundreds of thousands to see. The theater’s marquee faces the MacArthur Freeway (I-580). The Flickr page where these images are housed is maintained as a public service by David Gans, author, musician and longtime host of the syndicated radio […]

Red States, Blue States, And The State of Creativity

In an Adweek article last week, prominent ad people were asked, “It’s Thanksgiving this week. What are you thankful for?” Among the pithy comments were these, which caught my eye because they were both in the same article: Court Crandall of Ground Zero who said, among other things, “I’m thankful this will be George Bush’s […]

Would Be President Pitches Financial Schwag

According to this Washington Post story, Rev. Al Sharpton is helping to promote car title loans, a practice some legislators want to abolish, due to predatroy interest rates that can rise to over 300 percent. In commercials airing locally, the ever-colorful Al Sharpton stands on a stage with an American flag and happily declares, “Finally, […]

Industrialized Nations Terrorized By End Of Oil-Based Economy

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Nixon Would Be Proud

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The Martial Art Of Fundraising

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania has a clever development director. Every time protesters gather outside of our Locust Street health center, our patients face verbal attacks from them. They see graphic signs meant to confuse and intimidate. They are sometimes blocked from entering the building and occasionally they are videotaped. They are offered anti-choice propaganda […]

Buzz Kill Of An Ad Rejected

According to Jesus’ General, this ad (if one can call it that) was rejected by the Young Republicans for inclusion in their National Convention official program. The future politicos claimed the tone of message was too negative. Share

Madison Avenue, Main Street, And The Arab Street

David’s post below suggests the attitude of Palestinians towards the United States can hardly be changed by advertising. And focus groups conducted in other Arab countries reveal the same thing. Charney Research conducted focus groups among college educated people in Egypt, Morocco, and Indonesia. Their findings reveal that many Arabs hate America–but they have some […]

PR Campaign Asked To Work Wonders

from Haaretz: Seeking to improve its image among Palestinians, the United States has launched an advertising campaign in the West Bank, using billboards and television commercials filled with grinning children to tell Palestinians they have cleaner water and more classrooms thanks to its generosity. But the U.S. government’s campaign is off to a tough start: […]