Archives for March 2006

The Medium Is Not The Message. The Message Is The Message.

According to BBC News, an anonymous blog by a young woman in war-torn Iraq has been longlisted for BBC Four’s Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Baghdad Burning, a first-hand account written under the pseudonym Riverbend, is one of 19 “books” in contention. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on 14 June. Here’s […]

Stop Projecting Human Qualities On Inanimate Objects

Marc Babej points to this Seed Magazine piece that debunks the idea that brands have personalities. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Harvard University discovered that despite being told over and over again, the American public won’t really be “lovin’” their meal at McDonalds, doesn’t actually believe Disneyland is “happy” and isn’t under the […]

Whazzup With The Ink?

AdPulp user, Vinny Warren, picked up some glowing press from Lewis Lazare this morning. I wonder if he had to take the reporter to dinner or drinks. Writing about a print and outdoor campaign in support of OfficeMax’s new refillable printer ink-cartridge program, Lazare said: There are few products in the vast pantheon of office […]

While The Valley Wags

Flickr founder, Caterina Fake, thinks it’s not the best time to start a company, especially in the Bay Area. Every night there’s a Mashup get together, or a TechCrunch party, or it’s Tag Tuesday, or SuperHappyDevHouse or SXSW or this conference or that conference. And this stuff is fun. It’s a real community. But all […]

Lurid Content Brings Mad Traffic

According to Technorati, Steve Rubel’s site, Micropersuasion, has 10,733 links from 3,149 sites. I bet there are times—now, for instance—when Rubel wishes there were a link, or two, less. Strumpette, the latest entry into the PR blogging club, came out with all guns firing. In her first post, Amanda Chapel rips Rubel and his employer, […]

Old Guys Get Up To Internet Speed

Deanna Zammit and Eleftheria Parpis of Adweek have put together a funny piece on aging creative leaders, and their various techniques for staying current in today’s digital milieu. “I used to think you could noodle something out on a pad and have someone else execute it on a computer,” said Jeff Goodby, 54, co-chairman at […]

Faith In Business, Government At All Time Low

The World Economic Forum released what it calls a “global public opinion poll” that asks the question, who do you trust? The results suggest that planet Earth has indeed lost that lovin’ feelin. The same set of questions has been put to representative samples of citizens around the world since January 2001. The major findings […]

Contribute Something To The Culture

Deborah Morrison, an academic with a storied history of preparing creatives for the ad biz, recently penned an interesting column for Talent Zoo. Her thesis is that creatives often look beyond the brief, to make larger commentary on the society. There’s a solid group of professionals working out there, creating content beyond the simple obligation […]