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!”

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 […]

Denny’s Slammed Again

from Palm Beach Post: Seven men of Middle Eastern descent have sued a South Florida Denny’s restaurant franchisee and one of its managers for $28 million, saying they were kicked out because of their ancestry and compared to Osama Bin Laden. The men, who are all U.S. citizens, are seeking $4 million each from Restaurant […]

Jobs Pulls Books And No Punches

USA Today reports that Apple Computer has retaliated against the publisher of an upcoming unauthorized biography about chief executive Steve Jobs by removing dozens of other technology books sold by the publisher from Apple stores around the world. Apple removed the books last week from all 104 of its stores after failing in a monthlong […]

Gratuitous Use Of Sexual Imagery Not Appreciated By All

The Good, Bad & Ugly Awards Show, established eight years ago by Advertising Women of New York, has emerged as an irreverent yet purposeful look at the way women are depicted in advertising. It is dedicated to encouraging creative, effective and positive advertising to and representative of women and highlights not only the good but […]

Take It Down Already

Citizen activist, John Coonrod, made the following comments regarding our earlier post about the desecration of the historic Flatiron Building by clothing retailer H+M. After speaking with the Landmark Preservation Commission, I was informed on 30-March that: The Department of Buildings issued nine violations for the illegal advertising banner recently placed on the apex of […]

What’s Shrek Got To Do With It?

from Ad Age: Charging that the food industry’s goal is to get children to eat unhealthy foods, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa also mocked the industry’s attempt at self-regulating its advertising messages aimed at children. Standing in a Capitol Hill hearing room behind a long table crammed with food and toy products featuring characters such […]

Oh, Grow Up

from Manchester Online: Adverts featuring a giant blob of Marmite spread left children “terrified” and having nightmares, it emerged today. The TV commercials centre around a large brown “amorphous” object described as reminiscent of the monster from the 1950s science fiction film The Blob. Six viewers lodged complaints with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about […]