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Because When Last Did an American Apparel Ad Make You Want Kids?

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...yeah, we said "want kids," not "screw maniacally" (which can sometimes lead to weebs, but ones this awesome? Less likely.)

This Tony Kelly-directed piece of beauty is about two boys, their intimacy, their engagement and their differences. The story is loose at best but you're not watching it for that; you're watching because it's beautiful, and because it all slips by you to the tune of Debussy's Clair de Lune.

If it feels aimless and ephemeral, that's part of what makes it precious.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



Marc Jacobs Makes Sailor Backpacks Now, and If You Get One, You Could Be Like This Guy.

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Quirky yet delightful Spanish firm PeSeta has partnered with designer Marc Jacobs to produce the Marc Jacobs PeSeta Sailor Backpack, a harmonious marriage of sailor utility and sailor kitschy-chic.

And what better way to promote a line of sailor bags than with a sailor having an ass-shaking bag-inspired fetish fest all over a dock? At least that's what one of their ad people must have been thinking, and evidently the whole world unanimously agreed, because they gave us this magnificent piece of work.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Aldi Tea Will Float Hubby's Boat, Even If You Get Your Happy Elsewhere

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We like to make cracks about English humor, but to be truthful we love it. There's stuff that passes in the UK that just never could here, especially when it comes to advertising.

This Aldi ad is one example. Its whimsical and decidedly naughty approach to competitive pricing falls together with an equally epic tongue-in-cheek tagline: "Aldi. Like brands. Only cheaper."

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Diesel Takes 'Likes' Off the 'Net and Onto Jeans

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Here's an idea with interesting potential. For Diesel, European comms firm Fullsix had a baby burp of an epiphany:

Facebook's Like capability has become an online content standard. If Liking pages, content and brands online is so successful for spreading brand equity around, the Like ought to be replicated in the real world.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless



The ONE App That Could Change The World

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That's the dream, anyway. ONE.org has launched a free app that enables you to mobilise in an instant to fight disease and extreme poverty, wherever you are and whenever you feel like it.

The technology isn't anything you haven't seen before, but it demonstrates the power we hold in our hands and take for granted.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Mobile/Wireless



Turning Geekdom Into Specialized Social Networks

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There were technical difficulties and exasperated swearing, but Ben Abramowitz's Internet Week talk The Future of Sports and Social Networks - Moving From a Social Relationship to an Active One still managed to take an interesting look at specialized social networks, why game mechanics aren't enough to build them and how geekery could very well become the norm.

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Games, Industry Events



You Mean Flashmobs Still Happen...?

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I know. You're thinking, "Why haven't all the perpetrators of this kicked-to-death gimmick been banned to an island yet...?" The easy answer is, brands still pay for them.

We give you Dodge's Rock N' Roll Marathon Flashmob. The brand was a title sponsor for the event this year.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Guerilla



Digital Exhibit Shows Where We've Been And Where We're Going

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Digital Archaeology, an exhibit that is being billed as the first ever archaeological dig of the Internet, made its U.S. debut at Internet Week New York this week. Made up of 28 forward-thinking websites and curated by Jim Boulton, Story Worldwide's Deputy Managing Director, the exhibit serves as a map of the web's progress. It's an interesting collection whose main purpose seems to be reminding us all that every technological endeavor serves as a stepping stone to an even greater one.

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Social Media is a Dangerous Place For Some

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In an Internet Week panel entitled Financial Services & Social Media - Strategies and Tools for Managing Compliance Risk, issues no one wants to addressed were front and center.

If you are in financial services and considering any social media initiatives, this panel would make you run screaming from the room and never want to think of social media again. Bottom line: if you publish in a regulated industry, you are regulated by SEC, FINRA, FDA, etc. You have to understand that the playbook is not yet written regarding social media compliance. There are good practices, not yet best practices. It's a potential minefield. This session was practically a long list of "don'ts".

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Industry Events, Policy, Social



Foursquare is the New Pulse of America

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USA Today is running a series called the Pulse of America all throughout Internet Week on the AOL Stage. Today's featured speaker was Dennis Crowley, Co-Founder & CEO of Foursquare, a location based services application. Foursquare has been on a steep incline since its launch last year, and is nearing 10 million users (maybe even within the week, says Crowley).

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



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