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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?