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Because Trolls Are Human, Too. Well, Maybe Not

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BoingBoing TV put together a mockumentary outlining the history of internet trolls, or people who lurk on your site and leave snarky commentary while swathed in the soothing blanket of anonymity.

Like typical troll narratives, it makes no sense and will probably not make you more sympathetic to its plight. But we all need to explore our demons.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Online, Spoofs



The Ruin of a Fine Casino? YOU Decide.

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Ogilvy once said that advertisers who believe in the selling power of jingles have never had to sell anything.

And having just watched this Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners-directed spot for the Mohegan Sun casino, where the wannabe cast of Grease 3 molests the tune to Superfreak, we don't just believe it -- we live and breathe it. The lead CD was Izzy DeBellis, the chap responsible for the new Wendy's ads.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Television



Chinese Wool Ad Feels Something Like Water Torture

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This ad for Heng Yuan Xiang, a wool company, pisses China off. We thought it was just the mob overreacting again, but -- having watched about half of it -- we're suddenly jam-packed with repressed rage. A great way to destroy someone's soul would be to pin their eyelids open and force them to sit through this for a little over six minutes.

The spot starts about :09 into the video, so don't be fooled by all that happy baby stuff at the beginning. Here's a positive: after one sitting, you'll feel uncomfortably familiar with all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. AND you'll have three new syllables burned forever into your brain.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television, Worst



Pissed-Off Panda Invades Copenhagen for Climate Conference

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To get the Danes all peppy about the 2009 international climate conference in Copenhagen, We Love People stenciled images of a burning panda on the streets. Also, watch while a giant projection of a panda in flames races across the Copenhagen cityscape.

We have seen such magic before.

The agency told us the "burning panda" imagery -- put together for WWF -- represents a panda that is angry about global warming. Aww. We love furry, fat and scowly things.

Just because we feel like it, here are some random panda facts from a website that looks like it was made in the early content days of dot-com.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Events, Good, Guerilla, Strange



Ask.com to Explore its Feminine Side

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Probably because it fears death by Google almost as much as it fears sexual ambiguity, Ask.com has decided to stop competing for all-purpose search engine renown.

Instead it hopes to become the go-to source for married women seeking health, grade school homework tips, entertainment, recipe and hobby information.

It is also laying off about 40 people.

Maybe if it wasted less time trying to engage us in expensive guessing games it would've had a better fighting chance. Oh well, such is life in the tubes.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Pizza Hut UK, Wieden + Kennedy Finish Eating Pizza Together

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After three years and in advance of a relaunch at the end of this year, Pizza Hut UK and Wieden + Kennedy have left the dinner table mutually. The review for a new agency will be handled by the pizza chain itself and both side have nothing but praise to heap on one another concerning their three year meal together. Of course, that's expected because, ya know, not everyone has balls like Peter Krikovich.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



Cannes Goes to Dubai For Regional Festival

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Don't worry, the annual advertising ego-fest isn't leaving sunny France, it's just launching regional festivals and its chosen Dubai as its first stop outside Europe. Included in the festival, which will be held March 31 - April 2, will be the Dubai's Lynx Awards which launched just last year and were actually organized by Cannes.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Industry Events



Animated Courtney Cox Dishes on Celebrities in 'Dirt' Promos

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To help kick of Courtney's Cox' second season of Dirt on FX, recently launched design and production company Arsenal created six animated "vignettes of Hollywood stars and celebutaunts caught in the act of wild, unbecoming behavior." Each vignette is finished off with witty commentary from Courtney Cox.

There's the all too common crotch shot, the mug shot, the booty shot, the herpes/STD/overdose and more. All six do a nice job capturing Hollywood's...um...dirt, as it were.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Cable, Good, Promotions



Firebrand CEO Laments Company's Demise, Misunderstands Commercials

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Fighting to the end, Firebrand CEO Roman Vinoly shared his frustration over doubters of the ads-as-content concept with AdWeek, pondering, "Isn't it proven every Super Bowl and on lots of Web sites where people go? Isn't it proven by being one of the largest categories uploaded to YouTube? Is it that difficult to conceive that great creative created by great artists with all the money in the world could be compelling to consumers even though it's trying to sell a product?"

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Television, Tools



Divinity Metrics Measures Brands' Online Video Presence

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Divinity Metrics has put together a chart measuring the top 20 brands in online video. It will be updated every week. At first we were gonna compare it to the AdAge Power 150, a measuring stick for the top media and marketing blogs, but it's not really like that. It's more like the Dow Jones.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Research, Trends and Culture, Video



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