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Gavin McInnes fired for having an dissenting opinion

Adweek reported yesterday that Gavin McInnes was forced to take an indefinite leave of absence from his CCO role at New York shop, Rooster, following an essay written on Thought Catalog called "Transphobia is Perfectly Normal." Lovely bit of linkbait wouldn't you say? I wonder how many people actually read it.

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Facebook: A place for people who don't matter

I bet you thought this would be another one of those "you don't know any of your FB friends IRL" rants.

Nope.

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Seattle hamburger joint shows Jesus smoking a joint, because marketing.

Seattle burger joint Lunchbox Laboratory saw a huge opportunity in the fact Easter falls on April 20th this year. What better way to get press than combining the most important holiday in the Christian religion with a stoner holiday as a giant fuck you to a lot of people, only to claim that's a good thing because you're getting talked about.

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Music's going out of business and you're to blame.

A few days ago the above tweet from Bette Midler got some attention. She's one more in a series of prominent and once best-selling musicians who are displaying how their royalties have shrunk to laughable rates thanks to music streaming services.

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We're not paid shills for the music industry. That's the problem.

Let me clarify: We have day jobs in which we are indeed paid shills. We work in advertising. But when it comes to Adland, no one pays us. When we’re writing about a so-called engineer spitting on a dead Beastie Boy, or a musician being a hypocrite, no one from the music industry (whatever that means) lines our pockets.

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L.A. Mayor crowdsources designs for tote bags

In Los Angeles nowhere is decay more evident than in the infrastructure. Constant "carmageddon" construction projects show very little in improvement; they're not meant to. They're only small bandages, a half-assed, albeit costly cosmetic touch-up ignoring a much larger problem.

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Marijuana Marketing. Or as I call it: Marketing.

In a CNBC article entitled "Companies woo the weed crowd with artful, edgy ads" is trying to make this huge connection between the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and a spate of ads featuring stoner humor, and "code words." Such ads and phrases like one above as well as from the Carl's Junior campaign seem to be a growing trend, the article points out. To which I say: No shit, Sherlock.

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Advertising during the Super Bowl is a waste of money

Take this with a grain of salt of course, because the study was done by an in-market research firm who are you know, trying to sell their services, but according to this article on Communicus, Only 1 In 5 Super Bowl Ads Actually Sells Products.

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Goldieblox: erasing the line between "disruptive" and "douchebaggery"

The dust hadn't settled yet from when Goldieblox declared "you gotta fight for your right to infringe" last week - and now Goldieblox have issued a non-apology for infringing Beastie Boys song.

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Forget about Beastie Boys. Did GoldieBlox's infringement break Intuit competition rules?

As if GoldieBlox doesn't look bad enough, via its Beastie Boys move, now comes this.

Intuit, a company that makes Quickbooks software for small businesses, has a really cool competition called Small Business Big Game. Basically small businesses around America pitch their product for the chance to win some big media space: Commercial slot during the Super Bowl.

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