Wise Guy Disrupts Conference

According to Media Daily News, lawyers, ad agency execs and a few creative types gathered for the annual Association of National Advertisers’ Advertising Law and Business Affairs Conference in New York yesterday, got an earful from Commercial Alert Executive Director Gary Ruskin.

Ruskin, opened his speech by observing that polls show “most Americans really despise what you do.”
Later, Ruskin said “Americans are tolerant, but they will reach a point where they will say that’s it, they’ve had enough.” Twisting the dagger, he later cited polls to the effect that “your industry is not yet as unpopular as the tobacco industry.”

Apparently the criticism came as shock, as the attendees had just finished their mystery meat luncheon, and had not been given ample time to digest.
[via Adrants]



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.