Nice Package

CNN has caught on to the latest in a long line of culture jamming tactics. This one is called shopdropping, a term that refers the act of covertly placing merchandise on display in a store, or reverse shoplifting. For example, shopdroppers place canned goods that have been repackaged with more artistic labels (complete with barcodes) […]

Deception Perception

Chris at Shotgun Concepts gives us this to chew on. “What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.” – Vilhjalmur Stefansson, “Discovery”, 1964 Steffansson was an Arctic explorer, author and anthropologist. Share

Tui Has Zero Taste

According to Spinner, New Zealand brewer Tui, pulled an offensive billboard campaign after protest from concerned citizens. Share

David Casts Stone At Goliath

Promo Magazine: Oklahoma grocer Super H filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores for using a scanner to collect barcode data from products on Super H’s shelves. The suit, filed in Osage County District Court on June 13, alleges that Wal-Mart sent workers into Super H to check prices as Wal-Mart readies to open a supercenter […]

Coca-Cola Forced To Play Nice In Europe

USA Today: The European Union said Wednesday that it reached an agreement with Coca-Cola that allows the world’s largest soft-drink maker to escape a fine but puts restrictions on its sales practices in Europe. Under the deal, the Atlanta-based company will no longer be able to strike exclusive arrangements with stores and cafes in Europe […]

No Logo, No SUV, No Problem

In his latest post, Ernie Schenck considers the growing ranks of anti-advertising forces. These days, it seems like everyone is talking about the rise of the consumer as marketing ally. But what about the rise of the consumer as marketing antagonist? It’s one thing to put up a microsite and ask people to make movies […]

The Benefits Of Anonymity

MSNBC and Adfreak are reporting on two European artists who’ve managed to sell shop owners in Vienna on a unique two-week installation. The coverings are part of a two-week art project dubbed “Delete!” Share

What Would Jesus Drive?

from Detroit Free Press: A conservative Christian group launched a boycott against Ford Motor Co., saying the second-largest U.S. automaker has given thousands of dollars to gay rights groups, offers benefits to same-sex couples and actively recruits gay employees. “From redefining family to include homosexual marriage, to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support […]

KFC Gets Caught In The Middle

Common Dreams reports on the torching of a KFC in Pakistan. Six people were burnt alive when a mob protesting a suicide bombing of a mosque torched an outlet of an American fast food chain in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. Police and firemen recovered the bodies of six Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) employees […]

Minneapolis Intellectuals Have No Trouble Reading Between The Lines

from Minneapolis Star Tribune: What do Mao Zedong, J. Edgar Hoover, Batgirl and Casanova have to do with the new Minneapolis Central Library? They’re part of an edgy new ad campaign from the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library — edgier than the organization even expected. It has generated heated e-mails from as far away […]