Today In Twitterverse: Transculturalism


Brian Morrissey is a journalist in the employ of Adweek.

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. Well, if Morrissey visited The True Agency’s website—or the shop founder’s Trace magazine site—he might gain enlightenment. Heaven forbid a journalist might do some simple investigating via google.

  2. @HJ – so you’re in favor of “transculturalism”?
    I’m pretty sure I’d like the idea. What I don’t like is yet another buzzword created for no other reason than to make ad peeps sound smart.

  3. Hey, the guy is probably just trying to get beyond the standard labels of multicultural marketing or urban marketing.
    Buy you’re probably right, it’s no different than creating new buzzwords for other marketing stuff that have been around forever.

  4. @HJ: Brian is an excellent journalist who I’m sure actually did look into the True Agency and what they were talking about.
    What he was reacting to was a press release with an attempt at a buzzword that didn’t quite make the mark.
    Brian’s Twitters are hilarious – you (and I know HJ, well virtually, anyway) would get a serious kick out of them.
    Hope all’s well
    (Who just made a blog comment sound like an email.)

  5. Actually, it’s not really a buzzword—or at least what constitutes a standard buzzword. Claude Grunitzky, who founded both Trace magazine and The True Agency, has been using the term for over a decade, I think. At least I’ve always seen it on Trace, which has been around since 1996. Plus, Grunitzky wrote a book on the topic. Other sources trace the term back to the 1940s. So the transculturalism was not really designed to be the standard ad hack’s buzzword—or else he would have called it something like Multicultural Marketing 2.0.
    Not completely convinced your excellent journalist friend looked into it. But whatever. I’ve never really believed True has succeeded at bringing the concept to life, as their work tends to look like all the rest of the “multicultural” ads out there.