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 […]

Doctor Tom Seeks Remedy

from New York Times: A resolution asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to end alcohol advertising on radio and television broadcasts during college athletic events will be introduced today in the House of Representatives. Representative Tom Osborne, Republican of Nebraska, the former football coach at the University of Nebraska, is the author of the resolution. […]

Forbes Digs Up Some Poop

Forbes is running a feature on the top corporate hate sites. “To honor these quixotic champions, we spent hours trawling the Web looking for the very best corporate hate sites.” I must say, this seems an odd thing to do for a magazine which regularly covers these very corporations in a positive light. At any […]

Trade Group Transparency

from New York Times: The trade organization for the liquor industry is for the first time offering the public a look behind the scenes at how it handles complaints about advertising, like the one for a vodka that declared, “Remember: Tonight is only a success if it ends with breakfast.” Three Olives Cherry Vodka giving […]

Starship Song Butchered By Coffee Hacks

Having recently moved to a small town, I suppose I ought to feel lucky that we have a Starbucks (I don’t). After all, I’m hopelessly addicted to espresso. I won’t bore you with my anti-Starbucks rhetoric in this space, but I will redistribute this vitriolic post from Gawker. As if their complete domination of New […]

Phishing Nets Cast Far And Wide

I woke this morning to an email from fbi.gov claiming I had visited 40+ illegal web sites. It went on to demand that I open a zip file and answer questions therein. Of course, I junked it at once. Just the same, it’s nice to confirm it’s all a phishing scam. from CNET: The FBI […]