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Trains Enter, Facebook Chats, Cuba Gets More TV, Apple Attacks Big Apple

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- Durex latches on to Hitchcock's train-entering-tunnel metaphor in a new ad for Durex Play Lubricant.

- Cuba is getting expanded access to television programming without having to resort to illegal satellite hookups.

- Copyranter says it's Big Tits Friday. OK, so he said it last Friday.

- Jenna Jameson launches post-porn career. Help promote her new movie, Zombie Strippers, by writing some taglines.

- Again confirming its belief people are idiots who can't determine the difference between a computer and a city, Apple, earlier this year, filed a complaint to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office claiming New York's new green apple tourism logo is "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception in the minds of consumers." Who's really the idiot here?

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Strange, Television



Social Media Kicks the Ass of Old Media

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Who's This Pompous Idiot?

Want to hear an interesting conversation about social media and it's impact on marketing, advertising, public relations and journalism? Want to know how the role of public relations is changing in the world of public relations? Want to explore the differences in mentality between new media and old? Want to now whether or not it's sinful to publish a story before every last detail of the story is known? Want to know why readers, who are now commenters, are so important to the whole of the story? Then give this podcast a listen.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Opinion, Social, Trends and Culture



Charity Sexes Down, Fanboys Get Website, Make Your Own Mexican, Alkies Go on Tour, and Go Get Yourself Fired

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- YAI, a charity for people with disabilities, used easy sex to bait youth into volunteering. Gawker spread the word and YAI pulled the campaign, to the chagrin of ad-heads and volunteers alike.

- Adidas and EVB, SF have launched an NCAA fanboy site called March is Brotherhood. Learn chants, read coach blogs and make coaches call your friends.

- itzbig thinks encouraging passive aggressive employees to get fired will help them find better careers.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Guerilla, Online, Promotions, Video



Male VIA Creatives Model Maidenform Backless Bra

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Oh. My. God. Sometimes there are things you just shouldn't see. After writing about VIA's work for Maidenform's new backless bra, we were promised photos of VIA chief creative officer and creative director modeling the product. Well, we got more than that. We got a room full of male VIS creatives mid-concepting session wearing the backless bra and, well, you really don't want to see these pictures.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Good, Racy, Strange



Twitter Will Trump Facebook

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Writing on Entrecard Graham Langdon makes the argument Twitter will be bigger than Facebook. He's right. Twitter is many things but it lacks the baggage and some of the "creepy" aspects of Facebook. All within 140 characters, Twitter is IM, email, mobile app, chat room, focus group, news source, a wall on which to bounce ideas, a research resource, presence indicator.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Opinion, Social



Family Resources Says Don't Get Married

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Family Resources in Florida tapped Salter>Mitchell to help promote marriage on the Fed's dime. (Your tax dollars at work! ...Just sayin'.)

Instead of advocating marriage's benefits, S>M orchestrated a familiar scenario where a bride-to-be talks her head off about the wedding while the groom stews in catatonic misery until he boils over. The tagline: "Make your wedding a beginning not an end." That could use a comma. But whatever.

How far the happy couple's come from proposal night, which undoubtedly included expensive dinner, lavish dessert, Veuve Clicquot champagne and hot sex. People should get married right at that moment, while the fire's still toasty and when the man's made all the preparations.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Television, Video



Devon and Amanda Denialer Drop in on Toronto Life

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Had another run-in with the Denialer family, the stars of Mackenzie Investments' "Burn Rate" ad campaign, over the weekend.

Last time it was with Mama Denialer, who spends to ease her pain because she's too Botoxed to cry. This time I moused over her spawn, sitting sandwiched in a skyscraper ad on Toronto Life. Devon gave the page a once-over and snarled, "Every moment we spend on this page, you're keeping me from shopping."

"Life is so unfair," Amanda agreed with a sigh. I wanted to comfort her because part of me is scared she'll graduate to other forms of cautionary advertising. Hang in there, Amanda. Buy some Skechers or something.

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



Outdoor Medium Loves Bootie

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Billboardom has put together a list of 14 billboards featuring the human butt. From Bottoms Up Gentlemen's Club to American Apparel to McDonald's lingerie store bus stop, the ass is well represented in outdoor advertising.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-08    
Topic: Outdoor



Those Wacky Borderless Reporters Are at It Again!

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Not all advertising for the Beijing Olympics is pretty and nice. Reporters without Borders is disseminating this image to remind Olympic fans how China treats reporters, activists and bloggers.

The home of the Great Firewall is under pressure to open the 'net to journalists during the Games. "I'm satisfied that the Chinese understand the need for this and they will do it," said Vice Chairman Kevan Gospar of the International Olympic Committee's coordinating commission.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 4-08    
Topic: Cause, Events, Online, Political



Google Hate Website is Back in Business

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Ahhh. Nothing spells success like the obsessive, well-indexed and unquenchable hatred of an anti-corporate website.

Rejoining Starbucked, I Hate Microsoft, Untied and Comcast Must Die is Fucked Google, which was shafted in 2006.

We're not sure what tipped the scale back in its favor. Probably had something to do with all those firings. Because the author of Fucked Google has this to say: "I finally have a good stream of pissed-off Google employees feeding me information so you guys can look forward to lots of valleywag-style dirt in the coming days."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Online, Opinion



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