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31 Jan 2012 00:12


Culture: Ferris Bueller Sells Out: Matthew Broderick’s Super Bowl ad

  • Bueller … Bueller … So, question for you all — is it awesome that Matthew Broderick’s reliving his faux-childhood memories, or just sad? “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” came out a solid 25 and a half years ago, and is arguably his crowning achievement (though “The Producers” on Broadway comes close). This early Super Bowl ad, which openly references “Bueller,” albeit with some modern touches, should remind you of two things: Matthew Broderick is going to be 50 in a little over a month, and a Honda CR-V is not a Ferrari. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? (By the way, when you’re done with this, Jerry Seinfeld also has a past-referencing car ad.) source

18 Oct 2010 10:54


15 Sep 2010 11:22


Tech: In new ad, Amazon plays up the Kindle’s only advantages

  • Let’s face it – these criticisms are spot-on. But you know what that douchebag should’ve said? “Well at least I can do something other than READ BORING BOOKS!”

16 Aug 2010 19:59


Biz: Yet again, the L.A. Times takes the advertising way too far

  • This is meant in no way to attack the journalists of the L.A. Times. Just its management. Dear L.A. Times: Please stop selling out your front page – both online and in print – to TV and movie companies. Sincerely, everyone. This damages your credibility as a paper of record.

27 Jul 2010 22:28


Biz: The Old Spice commercials were actually extremely successful

  • 27% the increase in Old Spice’s body-wash sales in the last six months
  • 55% the increase in sales in the last three months (thanks Isaiah Mustafa!)
  • 107% the increase in sales in the last month (thanks viral media blitz!) source

04 May 2010 10:59


Biz, U.S.: Craigslist profits from sex ads, attorney generals notice

  • first States complain because
    Craigslist allows anyone
    to post sexually-oriented
    ads which can be used
    for illegal prostitution.
  • second In an effort to appease
    the states, Craigslist
    charges for the section
    for purposes of creating
    a paper trail.
  • third A group of 39 states,
    noticing the profits made
    from the for-pay section,
    subpoena Craigslist over
    the ads. source

13 Apr 2010 11:06


Tech: Twitter’s big revenue model: Advertising. Who didn’t expect that?

  • now Twitter will let companies buy ad tweets for certain keywords on searches. Well, that’s obvious.
  • later Twitter will show relevant promoted posts in the stream of tweets. That’s even moreso. source

07 Mar 2010 22:22


Tech: Best part of the Oscars so far: This freaking awesome iPad ad

  • To us, this year’s Oscars seem completely ho-hum. All the obvious winners are winning. All the obvious losers are losing. Hey, wait a second, that’s new! It’s an iPad ad. And it somehow makes the iPad look awesome again! Nice job, Apple!

06 Mar 2010 14:48


Culture: Seth MacFarlane’s comedy somehow less funny on YouTube

  • This YouTube clip includes two things: One, a 30-second commercial for Priceline done in Seth MacFarlane’s patented animation style, and two, a not-funny one-minute clip that was seemingly rejected from a episode of one of MacFarlane’s three TV shows. If it couldn’t make it into three different TV shows, you know it sucks. This one, however, is a bit better. source

05 Feb 2010 18:10


Politics: Three political ads nearly as weird as Carly Fiorina’s Demon Sheep

  • Organ harvesting fun! Political ads as weird as Carly Fiorina’s are surprisingly easy to come by, apparently. Some coroner in the New Orleans area released this doozy of an ad that, unlike Fiorina’s masterwork, was fairly well-done. (Hat tip MHTE)

  • Mop-top message This wonderful ad, by Demon Sheep mastermind Fred Davis, reimagines Rod Blagojevich’s hair as a disease that has infected the Illinois state capital and the citizens of Springfield. It’s mind-numbingly effective.

  • The Ox Vs. The Rat In Georgia, conservatives compare liberals to rats. Roy Barnes, the former Georgia governor running for reelection in 2010, is portrayed as a rat in this ad. John Oxendine is portrayed as an ox. The ox kicks a lot of rat ass at the end of this clip.