Seattle Times Takes Issue with Baring Vagina

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This month the National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle is co-sponsoring performances for The Vagina Monologues at the Museum of History and Industry.

To promote the show, it put together an ad with a vag-like heart (complete with clit!) and presented it to a passel of publications.

And while papers like JT News and some synagogues had no problem posting the ad hither and yon, the Seattle Times decided to say no. (Some advice: never do that.)

Enter fist-shaking from femme-groups and synagogues alike. Our favourite quote from the article:

[Executive director of the local NCJW chapter] Lauren Simonds says the Times' refusal to run the ad "really goes against what the Vagina Monologues is all about. It just makes [the vagina] more taboo."

Here's an idea: Want to divorce the vagina from a taboo the penis just doesn't share? Bring the fight to the big leagues. Take the doors off bathroom stalls!

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Bad, Promotions, Publishing



Samsung Makes Colors Pop with Good Ol' Crayons

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Cheil Worldwide put together this ad to illustrate how Samsung brings 40 percent more color to your screen than other HDTVs. The image, chosen because of its nuance in colour, is composed entirely of crayons. It ran in the Wall Street Journal and will appear in Newsweek's Feb 18th issue.

Very cool. (Avoid direct sunlight.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 8-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Publishing



Ms. Burned for Rejecting Israeli Girl Power Ad

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Pro-femme magazine Ms. recently got a spanking in the Jewish community for rejecting the ad at left. It features images of three Israeli women in power: president Dorit Beinisch of Israel's Supreme Court, foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and speaker Dalia Itzik, above the words, "This is Israel."

The American Jewish Congress -- which submitted the ad -- said Ms. first approved it, then rejected it at the last minute under grounds it would "set off a firestorm," which, as often happens, it did anyway.

"Since there is nothing about the ad itself that is offensive, it is obviously the nationality of the women pictured that the management of Ms. fears their readership would find objectionable," deduced president Richard Gordon of the American Jewish Congress. (Because when people reject us without explaining themselves, it's obviously because we're brown.)

In response, Ms. pointed out Tzipi Livni's career and accomplishments are profiled in its current issue.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-27-08    
Topic: Magazine, Political, Publishing, Sponsorship



Denver Wants Ego, Effie Calls Green, Absolut Does Vaginas

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- The Denver Egoist, which covers the Colorado ad scene, is in search of an additional writer and is holding an essay contest. Check it out here.

- It seems American Idol judge Paula Abdul along with Madonna may perform during the Super Bowl. No one at FOX is confirming or denying anything and it's unclear when (and even if) either of them will make an appearance.

- Maybe because it's now OK to make movies about girls who have teeth in their vaginas, it's OK to develop an ad that looks just like the body part.

- The Green Effie Awards has announced its call for entries which will be due February 15. The Green Effies honor eco-marketing campaigns. Info here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-17-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Publishing, Strange, Weblogs



Emails Awarded, Whipple Squeezed, Conference Engages, Lynx Mobilizes

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- January 11 is the deadline for entering MarketingSherpa'a 2008 Email Summit Awards which "recognize email campaigns that have outstanding measurable results."

- The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), announced today that entries are now being accepted for the 2008 AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. Entries may be submitted online here. The Show debuts on June 3rd at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

- GSDM Creative Director Luke Sullivan has released the third edition of his book, Hey Whipple, Squeeze This.

- The Custom Publishing Council has announced its first custom content conference, Content '08: Re-thinking Branded Content in the Age of Engagement, held March 9-11 at the New Orleans Marriott.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Online, Publishing



Gawker Editorial to Compensate Big-Traffic Bloggers with Big-Ass Bonuses

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Sassy bloggers, take note: Gawker might be down to drop you a few thou if you can raise traffic amongst its sites, which include Gizmodo, Valleywag and Defamer.

Jason Calacanis, the golden child of Weblogs Inc., looks at the compensation process as whoring for ratings. And we know from experience that whoring of any kind sets blows against sector quality.

"People are coming to blogs because they are NOT playing the ratings game! What difference does it make if a blog gets 10% or 20% traffic [spikes] if it alienates the core audience by playing the ratings game?" he says.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 2-08    
Topic: Online, Publishing, Trends and Culture



Thanks to 'Net, 'Don't Tase me, Bro!' Becomes the Stuff of Pop Culture

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Remember that YouTube video of the college kid getting repeatedly Tased for hassling John Kerry? His repeated cry, "Don't Tase me, bro!" has become the most memorable quote of '07.

Editor Fred Shapiro of the Yale Book of Quotations calls it a "symbol of pop culture success," beating out Imus' "nappy-headed hos" comment.

Can you guess what the second-most-memorable quote on the list was? We'll give you a hint: "I personally believe..."

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Online, Publishing, Trends and Culture



Vlad Putin Makes Time's 'Person of the Year'

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Why does Vladimir Putin deserve to be named Person of the Year? Probably because of his insightful commentary on Call of Duty 4.

Quoting from Time Magazine, the Quintura blog provides a more intuitive reason, if "imposing stability on a nation [...] at significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize" can be considered more intuitive. (We'd call it "catty.")

Some might call it an improvement on last year's choice, though.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Publishing, Trends and Culture



'Dirty Old Man' Interviews Suicide Girls Founder

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Who knew behind the grizzled, embattled facade of George Parker lay a man of intelligence, eloquence and insight? Well, we always did but for those who are new to George and his expletive-laden blog, AdScam, it might come as a surprise the man knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to advertising having done it since the days of Mad Men.

For a recent PSFK Conference in LA, the self described "archetypal dirty old man" interviewed Suicide Girls Founder Missy (who apparently has no last name) talks about the community she started back in 2001 as an experimental art project as a way to give girls a place to express themselves. It's actually a nicely insightful look into something that's a whole lot more than a site full of hot women.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Publishing, Video



Hot Lips Spout Merits of Social Networking in UK

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Look, a pair of plump red lips telling you what she wants ... from marketers and content providers. And she's got a British accent.

In terms of ambition, the video is a lot like this, except you're watching lips move instead of a cursor. Guess there's something to be said about that.

This would-be viral is brought to you by Redwood Publishing, which hopes to spark a discussion about what users really want, and what our future may look like.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Opinion, Publishing, Video







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