Utterly Depressing Or A Necessary Reality Check?

Regarding Hugh MacLeod’s latest doodle, Rob at Six Sentences only takes three words to say, “Delicious. Awful. Accurate.” What say you?

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. kokomjolk says:

    If Samwell can gain notoriety and make money off of, “What What in tha Butt,” than I have to think you can make the case that anyone can rise above if they make the right content.
    I will now go back to writing headlines, sorry for piping up, sir. No, please, let me have my dinner rations, I promise I’ll keep quiet.

  2. howorignl says:

    Unless you’re one of any number of now-famous people who actually did sell their screenplays, direct feature films, go on to fame/fortune in music/art/etc. Not that I’ve got a list handy, but it’s happened often enough to be a realistic goal no matter what your day job is.
    Actually, this doodle sounds positive. It even ends with “Yay!”
    Good for you, sir. Way to look on the bright side.
    /enough with the whiny ad guy crap already
    //boring, boring, boring

  3. There’s always the not-so-great American novel. Mine’s on Amazon!

  4. I’m pretty sure that “Yay!” is ironic.

  5. “Yay!” is ironic? I love that! Yay!

  6. The whole “Yay!”sarcastic-or-not thing got me thinking:
    Is it sarcastic to make fun of sarcasm with more sarcasm?
    Or does doing so automatically mean you’re being genuine?
    Either way, Yay!

  7. Oops.
    David called it “ironic” not sarcastic.
    My bad.

  8. Why the fuck do people always assume I want to write a screenplay or get my art in the moma? What a cliche. I like advertising. At least it’s honest that it’s a business – which is exactly hat art and entertainment is too. Everybody’s got someone to answer to on some level, to pay the bills. This isn’t a half bad job by any means.

  9. Interesting, Mike. I agree that we all “have to serve somebody,” as Bob Dylan made clear in song. And that advertising is a good place to serve.
    As for honesty, when I decided to pursue this line of work I convinced myself it was a more honest choice than journalism, since everyone knows you’re selling something in advertising (unlike journalism). I’ve since outgrown that POV.