“Read The Freakin’ Manual” Sayeth Rubel

The manual Rubel speaks of–“Social Computing: How Networks Erode Institutional Power, And What to Do About It” from Forrester–costs $299. So, I think I’ll pass. However, I will study the chart, he kindly provided.

Will Volkswagen Lose Its Cojones?

From The Wall Street Journal (sorry, you’ll need access to the entire article): Cojones is a Spanish word that means, literally, testicles. In the U.S., however, it’s a sort of catchall term for daring. That’s approximately what Volkswagen was going for in a blunt black and white billboard featuring its GTI 2006 model accompanied by […]

Big Money To Push MS Office ’07

According to USA TODAY, Microsoft is prepared to spend $500 million to help market Windows Vista and Office 2007, the latest versions of the company’s dominant desktop PC operating system. Microsoft is “desperate to change” the mindset that current desktop software is “good enough,” Paul DeGroot, licensing analyst at Directions on Microsoft, says. Vista and […]

Gamecock Yes. Fighting No.

From Charleston Post & Courier: A state senator says the University of South Carolina needs to rethink its Fighting Gamecock mascot if the Legislature passes tougher penalties on cockfighting. If the bill passes, “how can we as lawmakers and other leaders of this state justify a major institution in our state running ads and logos […]

Nickels And Dimes

From Reuters: Struggling U.S. airlines, looking for new ways to generate revenue, are getting bolder about charging for pretty much anything that makes air travel a little more comfortable — including aisle seats. First came charging passengers for in-flight meals. Then, reservations done by phone cost extra. And now, one major airline, Northwest Airlines Corp., […]

Public Notetaking

What do we “sell” here on AdPulp? Nothing. The content we package, or repurpose, is free for the taking. Thus, our obligation to live by the time-tested “customer is always right” adage is thankfully nonexistent. Free dailys, weeklies or web sites that are supported by advertising can’t play that game. They’re beholden to their audience, […]

NOT Main Street USA

JWT’s clever media placement for Stringfellows, Paris. [via Frederik Samuel]

Andrew Young Stuns Labor Activists And Then Some

From USA TODAY: Andrew Young, one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s top aides, a former United Nations ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta, announced last month that he would head a group formed to spread the word about the positive contributions of Wal-Mart Stores. Young says he was drawn to the Wal-Mart venture […]