After a Wal-mart funded ad with an image showing a 1933 Nazi book burning accompanied by the headline, Should we let government tell us what we can read?" appeared in the May 8 issue of the Arizona Daily Sun, complaints began to flood in and now Wal-mart is apologizing profusely. The ad states Wal-mart's position against a ballot proposal that would prohibit its expanding a store in the Flagstaff area to include a grocery store.
Wal-mart Director of Community Affairs Daphne Moore said the ad was "reviewed and approved by Wal-Mart, but we did not know what the photo was from. We obviously should have asked more questions." Well, yes. People get all uppity about this stuff don'tcha know?
While this impressive Versace POP window display featuring Madonna is filed under the flickr tag, "advertising," we're not entirely sure it was the POP display flickr user frenchtower was interested in capturing but rather an equally impressive display of another kind.
Stereotyping advertising professionals perfectly, Alex Blagg exponentially magnifies the well known traits of the advertising rock star in a post called, "I Work In Advertising, Goddammit!" Eluding to advertising's favorite whipping boy, Blagg mocks the self-importance of advertising types writing, "What do you mean, you won't go home with me? I have the coolest job in the world because I am the coolest person in the world. Do you understand what that means, you hot little piece of Asian action?"
Of course, it doesn't stop there as Blagg eloquently pulls out stereotype after stereotype closing with, "Do you have any idea how much money I'm responsible for? My accounts total up to, like, a bajillion dollars! Do you know what kind of Q1 sales I did? I'll show you the fucking numbers. I spend all day figuring out ingenious ways to scare or trick people into buying shit they don't need - and I'm brilliant at it! You know those pop-up ads you can never get rid of? Those were MY IDEA...now let me fuck you.