Hugh Tilts, You Tilt, We All Tilt

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Hugh MacLeod is an ambitious man. I like ambition in intelligent people.

YOU WANT TO REACH PEOPLE ON A HUMAN SCALE. That’s what Madison Avenue keeps forgetting. That’s what Madison Avenue can’t get their head around, because their business model has no credible answer for it.
Part of my agenda here is putting ad agencies out of business. Or at least, trying to.

Hugh wants to replace the monarchy with a more democratic model. I love the humanism in this vision. But my goals differ form Hugh’s, in that I want to help bring these changes to life inside the business.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. That’s readily apparent from your two styles.
    I guess that is why I stop in here often. All blogs seem to be high school cliques after a while, but some really moreso. But how else are you going to learn the busines by reading them. I went there over the weekend, after a long gap of not visiting, just to see if anything changed. Nope. Left my footprint before I turned around and tiptoed back out the door.

  2. The ad industry will adapt eventually – partly because of people like you and partly because of people like Hugh.
    And not because of people like Donny D.

  3. hugh mcleod is a visionary. read his stuff. it’s readily apparent and, happily, not a matter of opinion.
    both hugh and david have done something brave with their lives. nancy, maybe it’s time you did something too.

  4. I haven’t done anything yet? Wow, 46 years wasted?

  5. Damn man, why you gots to hurt people’s feelings? I hate that.
    Having said that, Nancy, there is some serious ramble in your rambler. Not that I mind. Yet, such a loose style will be criticized in a narrative context such as this.

  6. HUH? who’s whugh?
    I mean the one with hurt feelings?
    hugh or me?

  7. apologies if anyone’s feelings were hurt. didn’t mean it. perhaps i went too far.
    hugh is a unique flavor. yes he sometimes goes too far. that makes him easy to criticize. but that’s also what makes him good. he doesn’t care.

  8. I have had the conditional apology conversation online a long time ago. Do you think I need to go over that lesson again? I really am not sure if I was hurt because I do not know the honesty and true meaning of your statement to me.
    I have read the dialogues and conversed a few times with very, very intelligent people online. I notice the patterns of speech. Aren’t there books written about these things? I have also stayed at home and conversed with very, very, smart kids, from dah gah wah to long, logical complexities of German strings of words. I notice patterns. Most of all I feel love and care in giving and in returns.
    That, veedub, is the bravest thing in the world I have done. Do you think this fits in the world today?

  9. On closer examination and after reading my comment in line here, the brave thing is in realizing and then doing that what you were meant to do. That applies my story to the entire picture of Hugh or me.