Occupy Outdoor Advertising

There is a grassroots movement against outdoor advertising.

There is a documentary film about the grassroots movement against outdoor advertising.

The argument here is about the use of public space for advertising. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you okay with outdoor advertising clogging up the landscape and cityscape?

I appreciate the passion that media activists bring to their causes, but I wonder about the veracity of their claims. People have nowhere to sleep and no food to eat, meanwhile corporate overlords subject us to their “visual pollution.” One does not equal the other.

Also, I wonder where public space stops and private space begins. My mailbox and yours, for instance, is clearly private space; yet, any old Joe can send a piece of visual pollution. Same for our inboxes, social media streams and the comments on a blog. People misuse these means all the time. Shall we also make this abuse illegal? Maybe we should.

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. “Take our space back.” You have to be kidding me?

    Maybe they should consider the thousands of jobs impacted by them taking back space that was never theirs. From the Advertiser and Agency all the way down to the workers that earn a living by hanging those signs.

    These billboards are employing people and promoting commerce, not enforcing poverty and famine.

  2. Outdoor advertising is livelihood for people on big scale. 

  3. Outdoor Advertising is a vast area to introduce your product and through this you are focused over your targeted customers. They are still have same interest and charm and public paid attention towards them. If they clearly present the concept of your product then you can generate revenue through them easily. Some companies still generate profit through outdoor advertising and PVC banner printing like eazy print, print designs etc. PVC banners by eazy print are best example for that.