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OBAMA IS JOKER
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Obama as Joker posters - PR agency arranged coup or real street art movement?

Ohgoodie, there's a badlandian-twist to the recent Obama as Joker street art images that are appearing all over the united states. Over at Newsbusters in "Obama Joker Poster Stirs Outrage, Bush Joker Poster Not So Much" they point out that last year when Bush was depicted as the Joker in Vanity Fair done by Drew Friedman, people weren't as outraged.

Then again that wasn't street art seen everywhere either. The creepy part of the Obama poster is that it seems to be a campaign not done by street artists. Over at Metafilter sef-described "one of the guys who co-founded Andre The Giant has a posse" comments on these posters with the zing-twist at the end:

Oh. And one other thing. This is slight, but for the trained eye it's gold. You know that whole, Frank Shepard Fairey vs. AP vs. AP photographer hullabaloo over fair use and the Fairey Obama campaign poster? Well, anyone recognize the Joker-fied Obama image? Say, from the cover of TIME magazine?
Now that's irony!

At this point, it's so meta it's making my head spin.

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Did Ogilvy and American Express get inspired by Grasshoppers inspirational video?

This weeks mysterious coincidence is brought to you by David Hauser of Grasshopper and his googleanalytics. Did Ogilvy and American express get inspired by “Entrepreneurs Can Change the World” (which would be kind of approriate since it's meant to be an inspiration video, funny)
Is this a case of overly inspired, demo-love, or are these footprints in the digital world there for a much simpler reason -such as; Ogilvy heard from other people that their ad was similar to grasshoppers and wanted to check it out for themselves? What do you think?

Between May 1 2009 and July 26th 2009:
o Ogilvy agencies visited our Grasshopper website over 15 times, spending nearly 3 hours or total viewing time.
o The same Ogilvy agency spent the vast majority of these hours on our “idea” page which contains ONLY our video
o The entirety of their traffic was either around May 4th (when our campaign first launched) or the 2nd week in July (right before their campaign launched).
o The same Ogilvy agency then researched the producer of our video (Sonja Jacob) and visited her site 10+ times, around the exact 2 time period listed above. All the pages they viewed were specific to Sonja’s Grasshopper work.

Lets watch the American Express - Small Business Owners Anthem shall we? Pay extra attention to the music.

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Jamba Juice searches for inspiration, decides to copy Get Your War on comic instead. Badland.

Many of you have laughed at David Rees's Get your war on, the simple political satire comic based on clip art and razor-sharp wit. It even has video versions, like "Day Traitors" at Huffington post.

But wait, Jamba Juice's new "cubicle picnic" flash ad looks a lot like GYWO. Like really really inspired by, and in fact using the same clip art, seemingly copied straight from GYWO. What the?

So GYWO calls for a boycot of Jamba Juice, and I have to high-five the guy for this choice quote;

Whoever made this ad is probably a 22 year-old “creative” at some ad agency in Tech Valley, CA. Way to think outside the box, sonny. Have fun snorting cocaine at the nightclub you go to with your friends who work at Twitter or wherever. And no, Adult Swim will NOT buy your stupid cartoon you’re developing with your housemates about four guys who work at an ad agency but are secretly lobsters.

Now, I'm not sure if GYWO can do anything about this, after all the clip art is clip art, and you can not copyright an idea. What is left then? Sarcastic style? Hmm. Had it been trademarked there might be a case. I do know that it was rather obvious David Rees isn't the type to be flattered by a juice-corporations homage to the strip, and it's clear that the strip is inspired by GYWO, not the stock clip art.

The agency behind the campaign is LA shop called Neighbor according to the rumor-mill and Urbaniak. If any of you want to get creative with the same clip art, pick up a copy of Ready-to-Use Office and Business Illustrations and go wild.

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Oren Lavie 's "Her Morning Elegance" video kicks off serious stop-motion in bed trend. Badland.

The original inspirering video from Oren Lavie - Her morning elegance, released is January.

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BBDO Mexico rips off Fully Flared skate video by Spike Jonze

Our pals at agency spy have found these gems via The Berrics, however Agency Spy's efforts in reaching BBDO Mexico for comment were fruitless. The Berrics, which is run by pro skaters Steve Berra and Eric Koston, has posted the entire snickers commercial on their site calling it "BBDO Atrocity", which should get most skater fans noticing it. (also, it's better quality so you might as well check it out there).

Lets see what all the fuss is about, shall we? Three films inside!

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Oh Fuck! - The Economist Cover September 2008

Hats off to the uber-intelligent folks at 'The Economist' who have, in just two words, so eloquently captured how we are all feeling about the current state of the financial markets.

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More LP Portraits in pop culture.

102.2 Smooth Radio has done it, FNAC vinyl & Rocketboom have done it, and now Eskils Junker Film joins the trend with their Knight Music video.

 
Dibs on calling this trend twice jumped the shark!

 

If you're still not bored with the album-cover-collage photo fun, dive into the Flickr LP Portraits Pool for more.

 

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Fake ads strike again, did McCann India fake a Benetton ad for awards - or...?

Now, the whole "spec work/portfolio work" floating around the web syndrome isn't great for the industry - you all know this don't you? We were just chatting about it in Spec work going around the web as real ads - is there any way to stop that? Should we even try? where the AD behind the outrageous Toyota Prius campaign at least credited a fake agency. But here, Sunil Sinbad seems to have found an ad produced by McCann India (according to credits) for Benetton. See Sunil's post here where he contacts Benetton to get their comment on the campaign. Benetton's spokeperson Jill explains that they had nothing to do with this ad, but then she adds that she hasn't asked McCann if they created it either. Seriously where is your head at if you are a legit multinational ad agency and you make fake ads for clients that you never had? Oh, I know, in the same place as DPZ Propaganda of Brazil's was a few years back. Cannes lions are that tempting. fake it til you make it, they say.

The Benetton campaign was originally found here.

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Denny's serve it up YouTube style

For better or worse, YouTube videos has really influenced advertising and pop culture as a whole. It's like The World's Funniest Home Videos....on demand. Here's a commercial that takes the popular human slingshot video to new heights.

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Cumming, The fragrance and the Sophie Dahl nude shoot spoof

I don't know why Clay is so preoccupied with perfumes recently, but he just wondered aloud if anyone knew how cumming the fragrance was selling.

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