Generally when I write about advertising, it's as a reaction to either how annoying or sinister ads can be. Some even a combination of both. This time however, I'll simple mention how misleading they can be. The fact that ads lie to us and try to sell us an idea of perfection should be of no … Continue reading The Illusion of Sophistication
The latest transgression that has come to my attention from the soulless goblins employed in advertising is, this time, not on the tv screen, but plastered on billboards and bus-stops all around the city. I don't know how far this campaign has spread, but ads such as the one picture above have sprung up around … Continue reading Cultural Homogeneity
Another week, another irritating tv ad, with another horrible message. This one is for a broadband provider, and features a father and daughter at home (with some creepy home invader in the background). The kid asks the father how many moons Jupiter has. And everything goes downhill from there. Now I'm not saying that he should … Continue reading Just Google it – By Jove!
"I get my advice from the advertising world Treat me nice says the party girl Coke adds life where there isn't any So freeze." Thus wrote the late great Joe Strummer in 1979 as part of The Clash's magnum opus London Calling, which I am revisiting now as I write this piece. Certainly a Desert … Continue reading Coke Adds Life Where There isn’t Any
At the rate at which I complain about tv adverts, you would be forgiven for thinking that I do nothing but watch television. You'll have to take my word for it that I don't, but that when I do turn the television on, it doesn't take long for the ad breaks to irritate me. Sometimes … Continue reading Condoning Abhorrent Behaviour
I think we all know well that there is no end to incredibly irritating tv-ads, but in the last few days, a new contender for the one most likely to make me put my foot through the screen (if I can't find the remote and mute button fast enough) is the new McDonald's ad. Some … Continue reading I do not Love it.
What is significant about today, the 8th of March? It marks of course, the release day of the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain ..er.. Marvel! Or at least that's what all the publicity tells us. There are ads for it everywhere. Perhaps overshadowing the fact that today is, in fact, International Women's Day, a … Continue reading Bloody Marvellous
Have you noticed how many brands of toilet paper have pictures of cuddly animals on their packaging? If I ask you to recall an ad for toilet paper, you will probably picture the one with the labrador puppies. However, many supermarket brands also use pictures of other animals, such as cats - domestic or wild. … Continue reading Razor Blade Softness
Yesterday, I was going to make a quick post around lunch time, stating that I hadn't had much time to write over the last week. I google-image-searched the phrase 'busy as hell' to put a picture with the post, and the one above caught my eye. Not because it encapsulated the point I was trying … Continue reading Busy Raising Hell
Yesterday, I outlined my reasons for stepping back from Facebook (FB), though I am not quite finished with it yet. Looking in my drafts folder, containing a slew of partially-gestated posts that had built up during my recent sabbatical, I came across this one, reminding of a suggested (sponsored) post on FB asking me to … Continue reading Who do you think I am? Part 2