Christopher Carfi Gets Real

Christopher Carfi has this to say about Real Networks: “How does a company that brutalizes customers, ruins desktops, forces actions, and bombards users with phony upgrade messages stay around? I personally have given up, written off, and completely exorcised Real from my online existence. The only time within recent memory that I’ve interacted with them […]

Cattlemen Bring Beef To Supreme Court

from Indianapolis Star: A food fight broke out at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, with justices considering whether the government can force ranchers and farmers to pay for ad campaigns with catchy phrases like Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” and billboards featuring milk mustaches on celebrities. Farmers are challenging the multimillion-dollar beef promotion program, saying […]

Ethical Standards? What Ethical Standards?

from Ad Age: Once again, ad agency executives can be thankful for car dealers. According to a new national poll, the image of advertising professionals has deteriorated in the last year when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. Only 10% of those polled by the Gallup Organization rated ad people’s ethics as “very high” […]

LeBron Rejected By Chinese Official

from Chicago Tribune: China has banned a Nike television commercial showing U.S. basketball star LeBron James in a battle with an animated cartoon kung fu master, saying the ad insults Chinese national dignity. The commercial, titled “Chamber of Fear,” shows James in a video game-style setting defeating the kung fu master, two women in traditional […]

Anti-Corporate (And Anti-American) Activists Go For The Jugular

The Guardian and Johnnie Moore have brought our attention to a unique, and complicated, new method to bring harm to corporations with questionable human rights and environmental records. from The Guardian: An anti-capitalist former stockbroker and the son of Sir James Goldsmith have launched an audacious attempt to halve the value of Coca-Cola’s shares. The […]

Dumb Asses Thwart Retail Sales

We reported earlier in this space that The Bad Ass Coffee Company was being given a hard time in puritanical Antioch, Il. Chicagoist and The Trib now report that the franchisee has withdrawn his lease after the Antioch Village Board passed a resolution 5-1 that read in part: “The shop’s name is found to be […]

Samantha Wouldn’t Put Up With This Treatment

American actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, is helping Unilever sell soap. But Orthodox Jews in Tel Aviv aren’t having it. Within 24 hours of the billboard’s unveiling, Unilever was contacted by one of Israel’s senior rabbis with a threat that if the offending image was not removed, then the ultra-Orthodox community would receive orders to boycott […]

Rotten Apple Or Sour Grapes?

According to USA TODAY, Apple stores represent 50% of the company’s retail sales. That’s great news for the computer maker, but not such welcome news for independent Apple resellers. In fact, some resellers are upset enough to litigate. Tom Santos, a San Francisco reseller said his business dropped 50% overnight, following the opening of the […]

Resisting The Resisters

Decorated copywriter Ernie Schenck recently wrote, “According to Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, consumers are like roaches. They’ve been sprayed so much, they’re beginning to develop immunities. Can’t argue with that. How else to explain the emergence of alternative branding tactics of every ilk, everything from experiential marketing to product placement to television programming […]

Bad Ass Coffee Receives Lukewarm Reception In Small Town Illinois

The Bad Ass Coffee Company, a purveyor of fine Kona coffees, is about to open a new store in Antioch, IL–a small town north of Chicago. But some residents of Antioch are none too pleased. Long-time Antioch resident Marion Rush said “I just can’t see going up and saying, ‘Can I have a Bad Ass […]