Ethical Standards? What Ethical Standards?

from Ad Age: Once again, ad agency executives can be thankful for car dealers. According to a new national poll, the image of advertising professionals has deteriorated in the last year when it comes to honesty and ethical standards.
Only 10% of those polled by the Gallup Organization rated ad people’s ethics as “very high” or “high,” just ahead of car salesmen, the perennial last-place finishers, who scored 9%. Ad professionals were slightly behind lawyers, at 18%.
Nurses topped the poll again, with 79% of the vote, followed by grade-school teachers (73%), and pharmacists and military officers (72% each).
Given that I’m off to a slow start this morning do to a wave of comment spam (on Burnin’ All Illusions), I wonder where spammers rank. I’m not in the mood for a rant, but blogware providers need to intervene on our behalf. I use Apple’s Mail program and it catches 95% of all unwanted solicitations. Why can’t pMachine, Moveable Type and Word Press provide the same levels of filtration? And what about domain name registrars and hosting providers? Do they not have a responsibility to intervene? According to BetterWhoIs, this “Texas Holdem” perp manages his domains at GoDaddy.

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 now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.