Neuter my child!

by / April 27, 2012 /

Up until the last minute, I was convinced that this TV spot was anti-neutering. I was convinced that the thought process was, "Why the hell would I neuter my child? So... I shouldn't neuter my kitten?"

Am I alone in this?

PSAs by TM Advertising

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Will bringing back the dead raise the bar for the living?

by / April 19, 2012 /

Although it’s old news by now, Tupac made a comeback this past Sunday at Coachella. His entire persona was recreated using old-school technology, baffling the hundreds of intoxicated fans who couldn’t believe the fake death rumors were actually true. Most of us have seen the videos and read the facts, but now it’s time for a healthy discussi[Read More]

April is the time to re-resolve

by / April 16, 2012 /

April is the time when New Years’ resolutions wise up and book it as fast as their little resolution legs can take them. I’m familiar myself - my treadmill’s collecting dust just as quickly as your unread books are probably piling up. And maybe that’s why rediscovering Paris-based Soleil Noir's website "We Believe" was so important today.

Launched at the beginning of 2012, “We[Read More]

How To Outrun The Inevitable – Robert Campbell

by / February 18, 2012 /

There are a lot of agencies out there.

In China alone, there’s said to be tens of thousands.

TENS OF THOUSANDS!!!

However amongst all those – not in China, but generally – there’s a few that have a ‘global’ name.

Traditionally, they fall into 2 camps:

Those who are living off their legacy and those creating it.

Yes, that’s harsh – and there’s a whole host of reasons for it – but that’s pretty much how it feels.

Of c[Read More]

None Of Us Is As Dumb As All Of Us

by / November 28, 2011 /

I “borrowed” that from one of those Demotivator posters. If you’re wondering why someone with my cynical outlook on life needs a demotivation poster, just remember that sad sacks love to wallow in misery. And oh, how I love the wallowing. It’s a great site for realizing just how fucked up so much of the business world is; and this comes from someone who worked in an office full of the original motivational posters that make you want to hang yourself with Roseanne Barr’s thong.

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Here’s a Radical Idea. How About Being Honest?

by / November 14, 2011 /

“That the best you got Felix? Not very radical is it?”

Well, it’s not a new idea. Bill Bernbach started the whole “honesty in advertising” thing way back in the sixties, and then, it really was radical. The very idea that you would devote a full-page ad to a car that was inferior, or a “lemon,” well that was shocking.

Back then, traditional car ads went on and on about how awesome the cars were. Any flaws were overlooked. Any problems were locked away in deep, da[Read More]

ARE WE ALL BREAKING THE FIRST RULE OF ADVERTISING?

by / November 4, 2011 /

As I sat drinking chamomile tea on the highest peak of Mount Kanchenjunga, with only a few goats and some hardened dung for company, I got to thinking.

Man, I am really…fucking…bored.

So I am back from my crusty hiatus, which was designed to calm me the fuck down. And I have to say, I still have a lot of problems with the current state of advertising. Too many, in fact, to list in this one post; so consider this the return, for now, of your unfriendly neighborhood adman.[Read More]