CNN has caught on to the latest in a long line of culture jamming tactics. This one is called shopdropping, a term that refers the act of covertly placing merchandise on display in a store, or reverse shoplifting. For example, shopdroppers place canned goods that have been repackaged with more artistic labels (complete with barcodes) […]
New York Times: For decades Lucasfilm, the director’s privately held company, and its two main divisions – LucasArts, the video game producer, and Industrial Light and Magic, a leading designer of movie special effects – were tucked away in barely marked structures in northern San Rafael and behind the impenetrable walls of nearby Skywalker Ranch. […]
Michele Miller at Wonder Branding has some nice things to say about Costco Wholesale and the retail giant’s CEO, Jim Sinegal. I also love the way she says it. Thanks to Jim Sinegal, the bigwigs down on Wall Street have their undies in a bunch. Costco puts Wal-Mart to shame in the arena of low […]
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According to a New York Times report, Canadian holding company, MDC Partners, is buying Powell, a small creative shop in New York, and folding it in with Margeotes Fertitta & Partners, a mid-sized shop already in the MDC stable. MDC bought a majority of Margeotes Fertitta in 1998; the rest is owned by Mr. Fertitta […]
Rance Crain longs for some good old-fashioned TV viewing, presumably so the industry his magazine reports on will continue to generate news. The ad industry is counting on product placement in movies, TV shows, electronic games and mobile phones to be its salvation, but the ugly thought is beginning to seep into people
Have you seen Blow Out on Bravo? It’s all about Jonathan Antin, hairdresser to the stars, and his product launch. In other words it’s a 60-minute commercial. Here’s a quote from the man himself on his QVC appearance: People that watch the show know that I am not normally at a loss for words, but […]
At a time when athletes like Kobe and the mouth with a bat dominate the headlines, it’s good to know there is at least one real American sports hero for us to gain inspiration from. The above image is available as a screen saver at WearYellow.com, a Nike site.
BBC: The state of Kentucky is set to withdraw the design of the state’s smiling sunshine face from its licence plates because it is so unpopular. Perched beneath the line “It’s that friendly” on the plates, the smiling sun has met ridicule and scorn. Drivers have been drawing moustaches on the face, or transforming the […]
Adweek: Duffy & Shanley said it has been hired by Narragansett Brewing to help relaunch the company’s namesake beer brand via an October campaign that will initially focus on promotions and point-of-sale materials. The independent agency in Providence, R.I., is also handling package redesign, Web marketing and public relations. The beer was first brewed in […]
Stay Free! is a bi-annual magazine with a blog component. Unlike Adbusters, the culture jamming subversives at Stay Free! are funny. And funny is good. I like funny. Don’t you?