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wmtc: fun with bag signs: in which i am photographed removing garbage from my neighbourhood

Are there bag signs where you live?In Mississauga and perhaps most suburban places, people put up bag signs advertising services. The signs are cheap to buy and easy to post. They are also illegal. To me, they are the Nexus of Evil: advertising plus vi… . . . → Read More: wmtc: fun with bag signs: in which i am photographed removing garbage from my neighbourhood

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Martin Jacques writes about the inescapable failings of neoliberalism, along with the question of what alternative will come next: (B)y historical standards, the neoliberal era has not had a particularly goo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: Your Brain Makes You A Sucker – Cognitive Biases We All Share

Don’t feel bad about this, we are all in the same boat when it comes to making bad decisions or being unduly influenced. The science behind advertising and persuasion has come a long ways, and knowing how they manipulate you and the rest of the public is valuable knowledge. James Garvey lists three of the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Your Brain Makes You A Sucker – Cognitive Biases We All Share

Dead Wild Roses: Say “NO” to ads on CBC Radio

Due to broken promises and subsequent budget cuts, our previous government forced CBC radio to resort to using advertisements to supplement funding. It was outrageous then and it is outrageous now. The CRTC is now inviting the public to express their opinions on the matter and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has set up a convenient […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Say “NO” to ads on CBC Radio

Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Advertising and marketing, design and public relations, influence and persuasion – they all fascinate me. I love to listen to Terry O’Reilly’s show on CBC (both Age of Persuasion and Under the Influence). I’m actually reading on… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

I see the Town of Collingwood is still letting the EB layout its full page of ads in the paper. Tragic. Embarrassing. Cringe-worthy. The latest back page mashup has as its first ad the worst of the worst sort of ad layout, the sort only amateurs wou… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Amateur layout and bad ads. Again.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Oxfam offers its latest look at global inequality, featuring the finding that 62 people now control as much wealth as half of the people on the planet. And the Equality Trust discusses how that extreme inequa… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Dead Wild Roses: Wow, 2016 is just as chockfull of Sexism as 2015.

This just isn’t right, not at any time or circumstance. Yet, these witty ad-wizards have decided that sexism sells and are trying to promote a translation device that allows you, as demonstrated, to creep on non-English speakers. Awesome.   Cringe worthy to say the least.Filed under: Feminism, Media Tagged: Advertising, Creepers, Feminism, Oh those normative […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Wow, 2016 is just as chockfull of Sexism as 2015.

Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

Rudibus ex machina: criticizing Collingwood’s latest newsletter feels a bit like punching a puppy. Or commenting on the sloppy grammar of local bloggers. Both are far too easy, like catching fish in a barrel, and I feel guilty when I even think of doing it. But since your tax dollars are at work, it needs . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Gauche in the Machine

Accidental Deliberations: This seems pertinent

In light of the Cons’ latest misleading ads, let’s take a quick stroll through the offence provisions of the Canada Elections Act: 480.1 Every person is guilty of an offence who, with intent to mislead, falsely represents themselves to be, or causes anyone to falsely represent themselves to be,(a) the Chief Electoral Officer, a member . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: This seems pertinent

wmtc: what i’m reading: the doubt factory, a young-adult thriller by paolo bacigalupi

A thriller about public relations? And for teens? It sounds improbable, and The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi is an improbably terrific book. Marrying a somersaulting plot with heart-pounding suspense to an unabashed political agenda and a hot love story, Bacigalupi has delivered a stunning youth read.

On the political front, we contemplate “the . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the doubt factory, a young-adult thriller by paolo bacigalupi

Accidental Deliberations: Attack and response

Earlier this week, Andrew Coyne mused on Twitter about how parties seek to make hay out of attacks by their opponents, with particular emphasis on the Libs’ response to PC and Con attacks on their leaders in 1993 and 2004. But I’d think it’s worth noting some distinctions between then and now which may make . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Attack and response

Dead Wild Roses: We swim in patriarchal soup

Snapped at a red light on the way home last week

This ad only makes sense in the presence of the following cultural subtext:

Women’s anger is not valid in the same way that full adult humans’ (i.e. men’s) anger is valid.  You don’t need to get to the root of the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: We swim in patriarchal soup

Accidental Deliberations: On needless machinery

Those of us who have seen the Libs focus much of this year on criticizing the Cons’ partisan advertising might be rather surprised to learn they don’t think there’s any room to cut or redirect any current federal spending, and in fact consider it offensive that anybody might suggest such room exists.

But on a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On needless machinery

Accidental Deliberations: On messaging tests

Following up on yesterday’s post, I’ll make clear that nobody should hold any illusions that the NDP’s opponents will abandon their own efforts to pursue seats simply because the NDP holds a strong position for the moment. And on that front, Bob Hepburn floats a few trial balloons as to messages which the NDP’s opponents . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On messaging tests

A BCer in Toronto: Election ad review: Ready (and repeating vs busting the narrative)

After months of the Conservatives carpet-bombing the air waves with an ad declaring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau just not ready, the Liberals finally responded with an ad of their own yesterday: Ready.

While many initially dismissed the Conservative ad as lame and ineffective (as they have every ad they’ve released for a decade, only to . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Election ad review: Ready (and repeating vs busting the narrative)

A BCer in Ottawa: Election ad review: Ready (and repeating vs busting the narrative)

After months of the Conservatives carpet-bombing the air waves with an ad declaring Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau just not ready, the Liberals finally responded with an ad of their own yesterday: Ready.While many initially dismissed the Conservative ad… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Ottawa: Election ad review: Ready (and repeating vs busting the narrative)

Accidental Deliberations: On teasers

Yes, this will do nicely as the trailer for the long-awaited film The Fall of the Harper Conservatives:

But let’s make sure people know where to find the full screenplay. (And putting some more of it in front of the camera may not hurt as we approach the election campaign won’t hurt either.)

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On teasers

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Purity Factories’ advertising no treat at all #nlpoli

Venerable local food manufacturer Purity Factories has a new advertising campaign featuring its delicious cream crackers.

On a billboard in the east end of St. John’s,  the line in big letters opposite a shot of the product says “not gluten free.”

The tag below it right next to the company logo is “Treat yourself.”

If . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Purity Factories’ advertising no treat at all #nlpoli

Left Over: Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

AdBlock Plus mobile browser could devastate publishers About 215 million people will use ad block services on their computers by June, company estimates

CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 25, 2015 5:17 AM ET

Twenty-four hours after Ad Block Plus launched its Android browser with . . . → Read More: Left Over: Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Joseph Stiglitz laments the corporate takeover of policy-making processes, including by imposing trade rules which impede democratic decision-making: The real intent of [investor protection] provisions is to impede health, environmental, safety, and, yes, even financial regulations meant to protect America’s own economy and citizens. Companies can sue . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Bad Designs

I’m not a graphic designer. I was not formally educated in that art. However, over the years, my jobs in editing and writing for books, newspapers, magazines and publishers have required me to learn the rudiments of layout, typography and design. I am the first to admit my design talent is merely adequate. Despite that, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Bad Designs

Rob Maguire: I’m teaching copywriting at UBC

This week I begin teaching a UBC Continuing Studies course on copywriting. While I’ve given plenty of workshops and conference presentations, I’m very much looking forward to working with the same group of students for a full two months.

After all, the enjoyment I get from teaching communications skills is one of the . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: I’m teaching copywriting at UBC

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Lana Payne writes that by finally recognizing the unfairness and ineffectiveness of Alberta’s regressive tax system, Jim Prentice may be starting a needed national debate: Alberta Premier Jim Prentice talks up taxes for individuals including a sales tax (Alberta is the only province not to have one) and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Does YOUR Favorite Corporate Exploit Tragedy for Sales?

It’s not like capitalists deserve your pity when they accidentally offend people while they try to embrace their communities to build spirit. And profit.

It is partly because corporations are pretend human beings, with no emotions, no social conscience [beyond PR gains] and no capacity for human empathy, which is a fundamental part of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Does YOUR Favorite Corporate Exploit Tragedy for Sales?