Adland's adnews tries to clear ad for Super Bowl XL

Last year Super Bowl ad got banned, well sort of. The original, a spoof of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" got banned but another edited version that was considered OK by the censors ran. And now, they are trying to get another ad (or ads) through ABC for 2006. Although it doesn't sound like they are having much luck so far.

On Parsons' blog he doesn't give any hints to what the content of the ads might be. But he does say he thinks the "best ads are polarizing".

In my opinion, in order for a television commercial to be effective, it has to be polarizing. This week, "USA Today" published its annual list of top television advertisements for 2005. "USA Today" showed Go Daddy’s Super Bowl ad to be both the 4th most liked — and the 4th most disliked — ad. That’s about as polarizing as it gets!

Perhaps I'm jaded but it's hard to say whether or not we'll see another media circus around the banned ad this year. I really hope not.


The Ice Rinks Echo.

Old timer adgrunt AndrejX suggested these two ads as badlanders - and we must admit, never seen such dead on twin ideas before. Well, not too often anyway. ;)


Kenneth Cole AIDS awareness campaign

How do you create an AIDS campaign? Simple, get a photographer to shoot some celebs in black and white and select an appropriate bold sans serif font to make the headline with. We suggest Futura Extra Bold Condensed. Add a dash of red and you're set!
Silly me, I forgot the shoes. A shoe brand has to be involved, in this example - Kenneth Cole.

Sorta like the Aldo AIDS aweness campaign remixed. In this case Kenneth Cole's campaign doesn't want people in general to speak up, but people to check their status - and then speak up.

"Ninety-five percent of the people living with the virus don't know they have it," explains Kennth Cole, a longtime activist and current chair man of amfAR, an AIDS research and awareness organization.

"If we could just get 5 percent to address their status, we could double the amount of people we're treating and lives we're saving."


Link Lust to Lists of Best and Worst Ads 2005

So after the hangover(s) have passed, and after the hours of creating our own lists here for the 2005 ad news roundup, bestest and mostest lists, and best ads of 2005 and worst ads of 2005, along with the lists of what you voted best and worst, we figured it'd be interesting to take a spin around the net to see what other kinds of lists were out there and what others thought to be good and bad in 2005.

I have to say I was somewhat surprised at the lack of lists out there this year. Seems like there were many more last year.

BBC Magazine

ThirdWay- Effective ads of 2005

Wall St. Journal's list of best and worst

NZ best and worst ads

Best and worst car commercials of 2005

CNN/Money's list


Can we hate Jonathan Ive yet?

It wasn't enough that he created the iMac and those world-copied colours, that he was honored with the D&AD "President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry" after raking home the pencils for his PowerBooks iMac and iPods, now Jonathan Ive has been made " a Commander of the


Adland crew choice of the worst of 2005

Oh no, I'm so not done yet - there is always yet another list to be made at the end of the year. We've done the easy readable recap of 2005 with The Newsy Stuff, and our own lists of bestest and mostest here at Adland, and then we listed the choice best ads and campaigns of 2005 before showing the adgrunts own ratings; best, worst.
Now for what the Adland crew here considers to be the worst ads of the year - read on if you dare.


The Ratings - what you adgrunts voted down down down in 2005

Like the earlier post: The Ratings - what you adgrunts voted up in 2005, this is your raw ratings of what the collective opinion of Adland adgrunts thought was the worst of 2005. Check out the worst news and worst adverts as adgrunts have voted it.
One of your posts or commercials might even be on this list....


The Ratings - what you adgrunts voted up in 2005

What exactly does that rating-widget do? Well, what you vote up and down ends up on the roundup page and in our annual recount of what happened last year. But the creme doesn't float on top unless a lot of adgrunts rate a lot of things. In the interest of satisfying my need for big long lists here is the 400 odd best articles and adverts as rated by you adgrunts in 2005.

As you can see, in the films it starts getting interesting around 4.75 average rating - those with a single 5 rating could be a D&AD or dud depending on taste. What we need is more people rating. :)