Archives for June 2008

Fake Cannes Ad Pisses Off The Real JC Penney Client

There’s still a small part of me that sees the value in awards shows. But boy, it’s getting really hard to defend this type of shit: J.C. Penney Co. officials are upset about a racy, fake advertisement on YouTube in which the retailer appears to be endorsing teen sex, and they are blaming the company’s […]

Where To Advertise Online? Google Knows.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to some spooked ad execs about Google’s new metrics offering. “For an advertiser, the last thing you want to do is to have your adviser be the same person you are spending your money with,” says Sarah Fay, chief executive of Aegis North America, the media-buying giant owned by Aegis […]

Nothing But Net

Daniel Turman of Organic has an interesting side project going. It’s called Fear the Beard. The blog quickly took on a life of its own. While it often functions as the “junk drawer” of my (and our) collective consciousness (thanks Misha), it has also developed a surprisingly ardent following and opened some interesting doors. I […]

Thinking On Your Feet

Rob Walker has been out touring the nation to promote his new book, Buying In: The Secret Dialogue between What We Buy and Who We Are. Portland bookstore, Powell’s, asked Walker to write an essay that would help sell the book (because they’re Powell’s). In the essay for Powell’s, Walker says no one wants to […]

Lost Tribe Looks for Meaning In All the Wrong Places

Adweek’s Brian Morrissey and Eleftheria Parpis note the difficulty ad pros in Cannes had distinguishing between “the idea” and the myriad executions for a given idea. The awards are not keeping pace with the infinite ways in which brands reach customers in today’s fractured media landscape. Rather than honor holistic systems built for brands to […]

Hard Numbers To Hit

Gavin Heaton, has metered out the components of digital storytelling the way a conscientious chef would when writing a cook book. Like anything, you need to start with an idea. This is the 1%. A good idea will get you started but an idea on its own is dormant. There is another 9% that is […]

People Who Read The Label Won’t Be Impressed

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Corn Refiners Association, an industry group led by ADM and Cargill, is launching a big ad and public-relations campaign today. Their goal? Convince Americans that high-fructose corn-syrup isn’t the evil it has been made out to be. The group is running full-page ads in more than a dozen […]


That’s all I have to say. George Carlin was the best. Nobody had a better understanding of the nuances of language. I can’t say I’m totally shocked–his last couple of specials on HBO showed him to be a little slower than usual. But I have at least 10 of his comedy albums and they’re wall-to-wall […]