Capitalism is Dead and the Commercials are Great!

What better way to promote Six Feet Under, "HBO's newest drama series takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional Pasadena family that runs an independent funeral home," than with fake commercials from the Death Care Industry!

There's four killer spots thus far:
Living Splendor Embalming Fluid
Crown Royal Millenniun Edition Funeral Coach
Wound Filler Molding Putty
Franklin's Leak Proof Earth Dispenser from Franklin Funeral Supplies

For big versions of the commercials, go here.


Latest Columbia Pictures release gets thumbs up its own butt.

What can a film studio do to get around the fact that film critics hate their movies? Easy four step answer:

1. Get their advertising department to create a critic of their very own.

2. Have the fabricated critic gush and rave about the studio's films.

3. Use the gushes and raves in their press releases, print ads, posters and commercials in order to boost ticket sales.

4. Try not to get caught.

Well, when it came to Columbia Pictures (parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment), three out of four ain't bad. It's nasty.

Adland: Globe and Mail - "insider's view of the ad business"

And if you want to know what insiders think about the business, try, a Web site "by the adgrunts for the adgrunts."
Hosted by someone named DABiTCH, this is a good place to get an insider's view of the ad business, warts and all. The site was down yesterday, but it offers links to articles, news, book excerpts and some very funny U.S. Bud Light radio ads. Be sure to check out the section called badland, which lists examples of ads that are remarkably similar to each other.


This is SportsCenter

New spots in the outstanding "This Is SportsCenter" campaign are making their debut on your computer rather than your tv set.

Where can I find these nuggets of advertising brilliance, you say?

Ahhh, yes. Follow me young grasshoppers....

According to, they will debut a new spot every Friday during June. They can be viewed with RealPlayer or Quicktime, and modified to suit the speed of your internet connection.

The entire archive of spots is available if you join ESPN Insider -- $39.95/year or $4.95/month, with a free 30 day trial.


In space, no one can hear you scheme.

...or perhaps they can...

What do Radio Shack, Popular Mechanics, LEGO and Pizza Hut all have in common?

Well, via a brilliant move through the Russian arm of Space Station Alpha, they're the first four companies to exploit, err... take advantage of the commercial opportunities of shooting television ads in outer space.

"Lights... Camera... ASTEROID!!!"

So unless you're a space case, you wanna


Baja men?

In Barbara Lippert's Critique on adweek this week she cites that "Who let the Dogs out" was performed by the Baja men.
"Dogs," by the Baja Men, was a monster hit a couple of years back."
Proving once and for all that time moves faster in New York Adworld and no-one will remember your name.


Internet Urban Legend gets her own category at yahoo

Metafilter (and nowadays - you must be a member - sign up!) is where I find brownpau saying that Kaycee Nicole does indeed yahoo.

This hoax - hoaxter? - gets her very own categoy at yahoo. Winner of the mass-manipulation award goes to..well whomever it was that created what is now called "the first major scandal in blogging communities".


Winner takes all in $100 Mil. Energizer Shootout

Adweek online has just declared:
"CHICAGO -- Energizer has tapped lead agency TBWAChiatDay to handle the $100 million rebranding of its main brand following a creative shootout with DDB Chicago, sources said." Agency officials referred calls to the client, who kept going on and on and on and on....

Adweek online continues unabated:

"The move consolidates the St. Louis battery maker's business at TBWACD in Playa del Rey, Calif., which had the Energizer business all to itself until last year when DDB was added to the roster to handle the $50 million e2 battery rollout.

Now you too can be a rioting activist!

"....from the comfort of your own home."The News Journal Online tells us about a video game that allows players to re-enact World Trade Organization riots. Players earn points by busting a plate glass window, punching out a police officer in riot gear or attacking innocent bystanders.


Someone is lauging at that.

People calling the salvation army have instead been connected to a sexline called "Intimate Connections" according to ananova. .
There is a joke in that, I'm sure.