Famous Man Of Letters Blames Interruption Marketing For Many Of Our Ills

The Sunday newspaper insert, Parade, asked Norman Mailer, “If you could do one thing to change America for the better, what would it be?” Mailer said, “If the desire to read diminishes, so does one’s ability to read. The search for a culprit does not have to go far. The constant interruption of concentration on […]

Puritans Opt Out

from NY Times: There are, it seems, subscribers who dislike Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. They do not want to see it and they certainly do not want it sent to them. They view the sensuous lounging of supermodels in expensive bikinis as alien to the mission of a weekly sports magazine. The anti-swimsuit-issue backlash […]

Rock Mag Quibbles Over Truth In Tagline

According to USA Today, The nation’s largest Bible publisher, seeking to reach “spiritually intrigued 18- to 34-year-olds,” has stumbled over an unexpected rock: Rolling Stone. The magazine rejected Zondervan’s Bible ad just weeks before its scheduled run date, citing an unwritten policy against accepting ads containing religious messages. The ad carries the slogan: “Timeless truth. […]

Public Interest Lobbyists Tilting At Windmills

from Washington Post: A Washington consumer group held a press conference yesterday urging food marketers to voluntarily quit promoting junk food to children. Center for Science in the Public Interest, which regularly weighs in on nutrition issues, outlined voluntary guidelines calling for a complete halt to promoting soda, caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks; foods largely […]

What’s In Your Docket?

from LA Times: Minnesota Atty. Gen. Mike Hatch sued Capital One Financial Corp.’s bank unit Thursday over the ads for its “No Hassle” credit card, which promote a supposedly fixed annual interest rate of 4.99%. Customers who miss a payment deadline or exceed their credit limit can end up with annual interest rates of as […]

PETA Has Its Way With The Ronald. Chickens Don’t Exactly Celebrate.

from CNN/Money: McDonald’s, the world’s number one fast-food restaurant and second-largest buyer of chicken, is studying whether to switch its chicken suppliers over to the least-cruel slaughter method, the animal rights group PETA said Tuesday. Controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK, is a USDA-approved method of slaughter that is described by animal welfare experts as “the most […]

Wacky Packs Are Back

Growing up in the 1970s, I was a big fan of Topps’ Wacky Packages. At the time, the term “culture jamming” had yet to be uttered, and I never thought of my collection as political in any way. I just thought it was funny and cool. In a Chicago Reader article from June, one of […]

Run Rabbit Run

from Bloomberg: In what may be another sign of consumer fatigue with political correctness, sales of furs–which plunged by a third in the 10 years ending in 1995 amid animal-rights protests–will climb about 15 percent to a record $2.1 billion this year, according to Fernandina Beach, Florida-based research firm Southwick Associates. “If you are fashion […]

Whatever Happened To Concern Over Real Issues, Like Poverty?

from Mich News: In recent years the words Share

One More Reason Bud Needs To Move On

from USA TODAY: The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a problem with Budweiser’s anti-Miller advertising. The ads in question feature beer-stealing football referees who lie to and run from police. “One can’t help wonder whether the ads also have some other message in mind, namely, that breaking the law and bamboozling law […]