Archives for January 2005

On-Star Announcement In Pieces

“This is the last time you will ever have to feel alone on our nation’s roadways.” GM’s Find The Message consumer promotion is in the news because a hacker broke the Wheel of Fortune-like code, spoiling the game for the rest of us. Big whoop. The “period” in Times Square I like this promotion. It’s […]

See No Evil

from Middle East Online: British Muslim activists have stepped up a campaign to deface or rip down advertising billboards featuring scantily-clad women in communities with large numbers of Muslims. Ads for perfume, hair dye, bras and television programs are among those that have been attacked. Photographs of semi-dressed women are the most frequently targeted, with […]

I Can’t Tatse My Beer

Miller Brewing with the help of Y+R Chicago has launched what may be the best ad campaign currently on air. Even Lewis Lazare likes it. Taking a page from the pharmaceutical advertising handbook–which consistently spawns some of the worst advertising on TV–Y+R makes fun of both Bud and Viagra-style ads all at the same time. […]

Sundance Celebs Tussle With The Po Po

from Salt Lake Tribune: Famed fashion photographer and filmmaker David LaChapelle was arrested outside a club in Park City early Saturday morning after a confrontation with police. Star Magazine says Nikki and Paris Hilton were seen outside the Marquee trying to defend LaChapelle from the officers.

Famous Man Of Letters Blames Interruption Marketing For Many Of Our Ills

The Sunday newspaper insert, Parade, asked Norman Mailer, “If you could do one thing to change America for the better, what would it be?” Mailer said, “If the desire to read diminishes, so does one’s ability to read. The search for a culprit does not have to go far. The constant interruption of concentration on […]

Take This Blog And Shove It

Yesterday, I attended Blog Walk 6.0, a conference of sorts, where sixteen bloggers from across the U.S. and Europe arranged themselves in small open space groupings to discuss a wide variety of topics. How to make money from blogging was one hot topic we explored. The dawn of corporate blogs was another. Naturally, the purists […]

Fear And Self-Loathing On The Ad Campaign Trail

Steve Hall of Adrants feels bad for Danny Kaster, and by extension all of us ad schmucks. He writes: “While it’s known the producers of The Apprentice get sadistic pleasure out of editing contestants into idiots, it was still embarrassing to see a fellow industry professional get chopped up and fed to the nation as […]

Money Men Apologize For Predecessors Crimes Against Humanity

from Chicago Tribune: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. on Thursday filed a disclosure statement with the City of Chicago acknowledging that two of its predecessor banks had received thousands of slaves as collateral before the Civil War. The New York-based bank apologized for contributing to “a brutal and unjust institution” and said it was setting […]