The ten biggest cocks in advertising

Who knows how long this BBC clip will last on youtube, but while it does, enjoy the truth! Charlie Brooker runs through the ten worst blokes in current UK TV advertising. Hee-larious.


Start diving now, traffic sign ads by water

The week before the Wilderness Fair, which is held the 16th -18th of March in Stockholm, The Swedish Dive Association created this guerrilla campaign of modified traffic signs to lure visitors to their Diving Village, a part of the Wilderness Fair.

Those not familiar with Stockholm, here's some silly trivia - it's built on 14 major islands and has 54 bridges, in others words there's water practically everywhere. The signs carry the text www.börjadyka.nu (start diving now), encouraging readers to hop in - or hop on their website to find out more. You can swim in Stockholms waters but I wouldn't reccomend it at this spot nor now. It's cold man! (more pics inside)


The 50 Greatest Local TV Commercials

As listed by Phat Phree. And by greatest, they mean not!


Calling All Consumers

Advertising is good for one thing and only one thing. Making money. Advertising is the oil that keeps the capitalist machine moving and I am more than happy to play capitalist cog to make that money. I am ashamed to work in the advertising business but I am not ashamed to make money. Money is the only path to freedom.

The cliché, money makes money, is a cliché for a reason. Tip your hat to Alexander Hamilton's mercantile money system for swatting Jefferson's agrarian manure system. Had America, this mighty country, and a quite fine one at that, been led astray by Jefferson's obscured view of a people's utopia, we might very well be slinging shit at pigs instead of slinging slogans at people.

Consumption is not an assumption. It's the American way. Thank Hamilton for that. And if you visit Monticello, Jefferson's stately quarters (which, by the way, he had trouble paying for because he never adopted the Hamilton philosophy) perched atop the rolling hills of the state of Virginia, remember that a man's mind evaporates along with his soul but a man's money lives on despite the ill-conceived, and costly Inheritance Tax.

And another thing. America needs men like George Jefferson, the pugnacious dry-cleaning tycoon, not men like Oliver Wendell Douglas, the well-educated, to-the-manor-born lawyer who awoke from the American dream only to find himself, and his loving, if somewhat dimwitted wife, Lisa, living the American nightmare in the picturesque town of Hooterville.

We must promote the good cause, which is the constant consumption of products put forth by the conglomerates. To do any less is to fail as a consumer. And if we bail, as did Oliver, we not only snap a link in the consumer chain, we also create a cumbersome chore for the consumer: to consume even more. A weighty burden, indeed.

Work is hell. I'll give you that. Hell, I'd rather not work. But I must. So I do. (Long story but suffice to say that a few distant relatives made some rather poor business choices forever altering what could have been, should have been, a life teeming with the carefree hedonistic pleasures enjoyed by but a few of our fellow consumers.) More importantly is the role we play as consumers. To not consume is to fail. To consume, but not consume enough, is to fail with equal disgrace. We must never relegate our consumer duties to other consumers. We must consume more than our fair share, at all times. The more money you make, the more consuming you do. Pick up the slack for the weaker consumer. By doing so, you help preserve the consumer culture and, ultimately, our way of life.


I'm not into CKin2U - another perfume launch fails?

CKin2U CK are at it again, trying to make another fragrance that appeals to "the kids these days" and they hope to repeat the success they had with "One" in the nineties. In this New York Times article "How to Bottle a Generation" they touch on the problem this perfume has:

Zach Klein, 24, has also participated in market surveys attempting to distill his demographic, though he was skeptical of the idea of companies adapting to the language of the target audience.


BTAA Winners 2007

British Television Advertising Awards have been handed out.
Sony Bravia - Paint: Won Gold for Best 90 Second TV Commercial, European, and Household Applicances categories.

Carlsberg - Old Lions: Won Gold for Alcoholic, Best Over 90 Second TV Commercial, and Cinema/TV categories.

PG Tips - The Return: Won Gold for Beverages category.


Rejected advertising redux

Can't get enough of those ads that are so good (or bad) that the client's reject them in Zeldman's Ad Graveyard?


More human balls in Badland

More human balls (we've badlanded this before). Now with added Hollywood gum!


Cartoon - See you in the kitchen!


Dolce and Gabbana 'gang rape' ad banned in Australia

The Dolce and Gabbana 'gang rape' ad has been banned in Australia too now.

"The advertisement showing a woman pinned to the ground by the wrists by a bare-chested man, with other men in the background looking on", has been banned since yesterday, the Advertising Self-Discipline Institute (IAP) said. The ad, according to the IAP has:

"offended the dignity of the woman, in the sense that the feminine figure is shown in a degrading manner. The woman has an alienated expression, with an absent look. The woman is immobilised and subjected to a man's will.