Award Shows Are Wankfests

Look at the way Dave Trott writes. It looks like poetry, doesn’t it? But it is not poetry, it’s an ad guy helping other ad guys see what being an ad guy is all about.

Let’s see if we can remember the original purpose of advertising.
Wasn’t it something to do with selling stuff to people?
So didn’t it have to be done with ordinary people in mind?
Ordinary, non-advertising, people.
Surely ordinary people were important to advertising at some point.
Maybe that was in the days before awards.
When people talking about your ads in the street was important.
When school kids singing your song or repeating your message was important.
When TV programmes or newspapers repeating your strapline was important.
When the object was to get the advertising into the language.
So it caught on and grew.
In the days before viral was a specific medium.
When the people who actually bought the product were more important than the people who made the ads.



About David Burn

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. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.