Youthful Idealism Still Alive

Stanford Law professor and Creative Commons guru, Larry Lessig, has quite a following. Rightfully so. Borrowing from his thinking, a student group on campuses around the country is now advocating for an open source economy. “The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than […]

What Is This Spit?

from USA Today: A new strain of spam soon could have consumers spitting mad. “Spit” – spam over Internet telephony – is beginning to surface as more people make phone calls over the Internet instead of regular phone lines, security experts say. Marketers can program their computers to send 1,000 voice messages a minute over […]

Outrage Against Giant Uncaring Corporations Hard To Maintain

The owner of Best Buy Sux is tiring. The same cannot be said of the corporation under attack. “I am still debating what to do with the site… I may be interested in just having someone else maintain it for me. Share

Man Fights America With Soft Drink. Wins Respect of Quixotic Society.

Tawfik Mathlouthi is the French entrepreneur behind Mecca Cola, a new soft drink designed to cash in on anti-American sentiment around the world. He hopes to make Mecca Cola the soft drink of choice for Muslims everywhere and thus push out that icon of American capitalism Coca-Cola. It is all about combating “America’s imperialism and […]

Taking Note Of Naomi

If you work in branded communications today, Naomi Klein has your number. She’s sort of like Rachel Carson, but the pollution she fights against is brand proliferation. Here’s her bio on The Nation, where she publishes regularly: Born in Montreal in 1970, Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best-seller No […]

Sometimes Market Research Does Pay

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What The _____?

Intersticials are the flash-based commercials that keep you from the page you actually want to view until the intrusive messaging plays out. Here’s the root of the now widely used industryism: interstice \in-TUR-stus\, noun; plural interstices \in-TUR-stuh-seez; -suz\: 1. A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; […]

Lasn Admits Defeat. Turns To Shoe Biz For Answers.

from Inc.: But here’s the thing about the guerrilla information war that Kalle Lasn and his rotating crew of two dozen or so employees at Adbusters were fighting: “We were losing,” he admits. While the Adbusters Media Foundation has built enough of an audience to keep it out of the red — the magazine sells […]

Broadcast Media Buyers And Tavern Patrons Beware

TV-B-Gone is a new key chain fob that shuts off most televisions. After posting the product on the firm’s web site earlier this week the entire stock sold out in two days. They’re working on getting more TV-B-Gone’s made and delivered as soon as possible. You know one could truly wreak havoc with this device […]

Corporate Coffee Backlash

Starbucks Gossip is an interesting new site from Jim Romenesko, veteran journalist, editor and pioneering blogger. With his work for Poynter and his Obscure Store blog, you’d think this uberblogger would have no time for keeping tabs on the coffee behemoth. But no. He does have time, and Starbucks haters everywhere are grateful. Share