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Strange effort to try and control spin in Swedish blogosphere

Researcher: a PR-spin in the blogosphere tells the rather odd story of recent ongoings in the Swedish blogosphere, which is still small enough to serve as a medicine ball in PE.
The story begins when the national tabloid Aftonbladet publishes an article about "the biggest blog in Sweden", which is supposedly their own journalists stop-smoking blog, according to numbers dug up by the bloghost he is using, BlogSoft. Clearly, independent objective parties haven't even touched that article and it fails to explains whether blogs that aren't using BlogSofts solutions were even counted at all. You with me so far? Blogsoft says, to Aftonbladet, that the biggest blog is the Aftonbladets journalists, who hosts his blog at BlogSoft. Aftonbladet publishes it, congratulates their own journalist and mentioning his blogging software company Blogsoft repeatedly. (more inside)


Violence in advertising

Is this the latest trend to get the punters attention - blood guts and gore?

Seeing as these ads are the only things to make us crane our necks and check it twice these days, the hit and run bloodied bus complete with dead body still hanging on, the dead guy in a trunk for Sopranos, and the murder scene for court TV on a wall.


Displaced designer offers bed & office for any creative displaced by Katrina

Displaced Designer is a new resource for those in the creative industry recently displaced by the on-going situation in New Orleans and the surrounding region.


CP+B bring back Dr. Angus

Last time Crispin brough out Dr. Angus he was selling the Angus Diet. Now he's back, this time shilling BK's Angus 'Shroom & Swiss sandwich and wants you to discover the power of Power Sitting. (flash site)


Further proof that Paypal sucks bigtime.

The goons over at SomethingAwful forums, known for being a brash, childish, silly, sometimes harsh, lively community, decided to give to the people of New Orleans and started a fund drive. Their servers are hosted by the guys behind the interdictor livejournal from New Orleans where web cams, photos and horror stories from inside the city have been keeping lots of people up to date of what is really going on down there since this horrible situation started.


Dairy Farmers of Ontario (Canada) TV spots

Found two brilliant spots for milk today and thought I'd share the link.


New Panasonic Action Sports site

We just launched a new action sports site for Panasonic. The site features an online scavenger hunt (for a chance to win a 3CCD Camcorder), an online gallery w/ the Girl skateboard team, and some neat videos.

Client: Panasonic
Agency: Renegade Marketing Group
Creative Director: Fanny Krivoy
Art Director: Alan Irikura
Interactive Designers: Eric Elms, Gary Fogelson, Rich Browd
Video Producer: Alex Schneider
Web Producer: Adrian Lai
Copywriter: Noah Brier


Allstate ad called misleading

Texans aren't happy with one of Allstate's latest ads. They claim the commercial is using fear tactics to get people to buy more car insurance or else risk losing their homes.

Tom Kelley, a spokesman for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, said the office may order Allstate to pull the plug on the ad, which started airing Aug. 22 nationwide.

Allstate officials said the commercial is meant only to alert homeowners to serious consequences that can result from inadequate auto insurance coverage.

"The ad is not intended to communicate that a forced sale of the home occurred," Allstate spokeswoman Kim Whitaker said in an e-mail response to the criticisms.

Texas law prohibits misleading advertising. The state attorney general's office is considering sending Allstate a letter with the ultimatium to make the spot more accurate by including Texas Homestead Law or pull it off air.