I Badlanded the reverse reading trick last year, hoping we'd end the old Usenet joke trend then and there, but last weeks release of DK groups internal sales meet video which again does the reverse reading thing had some suggesting that DK should change their name to Xerox.
Our pal Joe la pompe has his own post on this reverse reading trend, showing a French copy. Joe, who I keep dubbing the badland ninja for nailing twin ads to the board faster than a speeding bullet point, has a book out with twin ads out as well, which I show off here, and you can pick up at Amazon France.
On the topic of twin ads, Mike Wolfsohn has posted this Adage article: In Defense of Inevitable Creative Outcomes, where he says that advertising isn't an originality contest, but a tool where one should do what's appropriate for the issue at hand. He rightly points out that input effects the outcome as well, as too many briefs are the exact same starting point, so landing on the same end-point shouldn't surprise anyone.
Too frequently ads are accused of being rip-offs of music videos or movies, without recognizing the talent that is required to identify creativity within one artistic genre and translate it successfully into another -- namely marketing.
He makes a good argument, and ties it up nicely with: "originality should be celebrated, risk should be rewarded and innovation should be admired. But so, too, should the ability to translate popular culture into effective marketing. Not when it's done illegally, surreptitiously, or dishonestly -- but when it's done humbly, artfully and insightfully"