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