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 […]

Vodka May Lead To Armed Insurgency

Last December we reported on the growing popularity of Kalashnikov vodka Share

Pure Content–Oxymoron Of The Moment

Chicagoist is running a highly favorable piece on Costello’s, which just so happens to be my local sub shop of choice. One commentator, Kris, asked, “Is this a blog entry or an advertisement? What gives?” Kris must not realize that everyone’s a creative director today. That customers often know how to make better ads than […]

Soapboxes For Everyone

In the comments area on Gaping Void, Dwight Little recently had this to say, “Advertising as we know it is ineffective. Advertising as we know it is obsolete. Advertising as we know it is extinct. Have I got that right? Once again, I ask Hugh – and Keith and the rest – if “the ‘conventional’ […]

For Lovemarks To Count They Must Be Genuine Article

The anti-Lovemarks argument just found its voice (or at least one I can readily comprehend), thanks to Rob at Bad Marketing. He writes: “Lovemarks isn’t complete bunk. The vitriolic response comes because this ad agency has created and hyped the idea, and pretends they can recreate, even manufacture it. Most of us probably have some […]

Bud Still Struggling To Find Taste

from Adweek: Anheuser-Busch considered running a spot during this year’s upcoming Super Bowl that parodies Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” that took place during the halftime show of last year’s game, but decided against it after consultation with Fox and NFL officials. “We basically came to the conclusion at the same time” that the commercial, […]