Bush-ese Interpreted as 'Hell, High Water' by Greenpeace

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We love a little hell and high water on a Super Tuesday morning. Those things, says Greenpeace, will be the only result of Bush's big plans against global warming.

And since Bush has trouble with the "transparency" thing, GP decided to be transparent for him -- all over the Washington Monument during his "Major Economics Meeting" last week.

Politics: a damn serious business. In the same way falling facedown in a sandbox -- and stabbing your eye out with a stick -- can be considered good times.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Outdoor, Political



Second-Hand Smoke Destroys Gastronomic Experience

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To celebrate the first birthday of Louisiana's Smoke-Free Air Act (Act 815), New Orleans-based Trumpet created this ad, which appeared in newspapers throughout the state.

It features an overturned ashtray with a birthday candle on top. Part of it reads, "For the past year, the Louisiana Smoke-Free Act has increased the flavor and health of Louisiana dishes by removing one toxic ingredient: Secondhand smoke."

We like the unique message (which makes us hungry, actually) and brave use of white space. Happy first birthday, Act 815.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Cause, Newspaper, Policy, Poster



Obama Girl Gets Super For Super Tuesday

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Once again Barely Political's Obama Girl is fighting for her man, Barak Obama. In this video, she take on the role of Super Obama Girl and kicks the crap out of Obama's competition like Superman cleaning up Gotham city. Of course, it's all to call attention to next week's Super Tuesday and urge people to get out and vote.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Cause, Political, Video



Bulging Nubile Breasts Command Attention to Statutory Rape

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This campaign baffles. While the Family Violence Partnership in Milwaukee wants people to realize statutory rape in a bad thing, the campaign, which features young girls with big (digitally enhanced, we assume) breasts, sexualizes these young girls into objects of desire. Now maybe the campaign is trying to say no matter how huge a girl's breasts are or how hot she might be, if she's under 18, she's still off limits but to "normal" people, it sends a very queasy, disconcerting message.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Magazine



Drug Dealers Languish as Teens Go Rx

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It's a Super Bowl buzzkill, courtesy of Partnership for a Drug Free America. In this spot, a languishing drug dealer tells you he's going broke because your kids are getting high out of the medicine cabinet.

Mom and dad, better watch the fill line on that Robitussin.

The ad is credited to DraftFCB, NY. This is the first time in four years the White House has produced a Super Bowl spot. Election time's coming, the GOP clearly needs a new topic -- what beats the war on prescription medication?

by Angela Natividad    Jan-31-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008, Television



Strange Foundation Says F#@k Death

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This is just too weird to pass over. Apparently, there's an organization called Fuck Death whose mission is "the elimination of death through the generation and distribution of funds to strategically selected causes and initiatives worldwide." Basically, it combats "oldness." OK, then.

There's a website, a mission statement, a weblog, a store and a very strange video.

There's just one problem with Fuck Death's mission. If no one ever died, it wouldn't be too long before every last square inch of the planet earth were covered with human feet. That wouldn't be a pretty sight. We all want to live forever but death does have a purpose. It lets others live.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Cause, Strange, Video



Truth Gets Cute, Sings Songs, Introduces MAGIC!

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"A Magical Amount," by Arnold and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, starts out like a typical Truth ad: cigarette traps, a bullhorn and a bamboozled-looking group of people. Then a unicorn showed up, and there was singing, and...

Wow, just ... wow. Seriously. Wow.

You really have to watch it. The premise is tobacco companies don't want to kill you, but don't want to prevent addiction either, so there's a "magical amount" of nicotine in cigarettes. But tune out the arsenic talk and the animated oxygen mask, and you'd swear it was a superb cereal ad.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-28-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Good, Television



Naked PETA Babe or President Bush. You Decide

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OK, here we go again. Tonight, you have a choice. You can tune in to President Bush's State of the Union address. Or you can blow it off and, instead, head over to PETA's 2008 State of the Union Undress during which a lovely lady envisions a PETA-powered nation while she slowly transforms herself into a "fur free" state of undress. It's NSFW but not until the end and there's a Safe for Work version too.

by Steve Hall    Jan-28-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Political, Video



PepsiCo Turns Stat Quo Inside-Out with 'Enable'

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Maybe because Nationwide cashed in like mad on its K-Fed pre-Super Bowl ad hype last year, everybody's releasing their spots before the drop.

We don't like the idea of opening our presents before Christmas day (which is what watching a Super Bowl ad a week in advance is like), but in some cases an early debut is a good thing.

That's the case with Pepsi's Bob's House, a Super Bowl spot by BBDO for its Enable campaign that composes a deaf world we're invited to watch from the sidelines. A silent ad is jarring, but it's weirder still to be passive observers of a community whose jokes we don't get.

Neat switcharoo on the minority experience. Can't wait to see what kind of response this generates on Super Bowl Sunday.

See the making-of, which, thankfully, isn't the usual self-congratulating "how I made my baby" swill.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008



Campusfood Incites Facebook 'Food Friendzy'

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If the internet has taught college kids anything, it's that panhandling is a totally stigma-free sport.

With that in mind, Campus Food -- a network of college restaurants that let students order online -- has launched a Facebook app called Food Friendzy. The pitch: "Free food for poor college kids nationwide!" The premise: win free food by playing online games and sharing the app with friends.

Ugh. Whatever happened to the glory days of quiet submissiveness to four years of Ramen? There's nothing wrong with Ramen.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-25-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Promotions










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