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 for $7.95 an issue and has international circulation of 120,000, according to Lasn — it has had little success getting its incendiary anti-ads into any mainstream venue. So rather than just attack Nike — although, as we’ll see, that’s still his obsession — Adbusters would produce a rival shoe of its own, with environmentally friendly materials and ethical labor. Like many a brand before it, Blackspot would be designed to stand for big ideas: in this case, socially minded entrepreneurialism and grass-roots capitalism. “And, of course, coming up with an antilogo ,” Lasn proclaims, sounding excited, as he often does, “we’re moving from whining into action.”
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Here’s my translation, “Buy my shoes brother. They’re totally organic. Every step you take will be another step forward for the earth and its people.”

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Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Brand builder at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Believer in Gossage, Bernbach and Clow. Doer of the things written about herein.