Gorbachev Lets Loose (or Not) for Louis

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When politics and pop culture meet, it's always a little fun to watch the synergy. Adverlab points us to this spot for Louis Vuitton, which slid from the Lolita-esque Scarlett Johanssen series to a celebrity survey that includes Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's first (and last) president.

The New York Times observes that Gorbachev "appears the last comfortable [...] holding on to a door handle, as if the bag contained polonium 210."

Upon examining Gorbachev's expression, and then the bag, we've concluded there's definitely not a bowling ball in it. (Although it may well be perestroika.)



JetPacks Turns 365 (Days), is Still Awaiting Promised Jetpack

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We wish we'd noticed this sooner. Jetpacks just celebrated his 365th post, commemorating a year since he began the blog we so enjoy reading.

To keep the seething throng happy, he's promised to add an "Open Mic Night" to his sidebar, through which he'll post homemade recordings open to "ridicule, scorn and derision." We just listened to the first one and felt chills.

Cheers, Jetpacks. And for all the awesome you brought us in the past year, we have decided to pay you in - yes! - groupies.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-27-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Publishing, Trends and Culture



Ice Cream Truck Songs Perch High on Nouvelle Culture CD Collections

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There is something deliciously clowny and fragile about the ice cream truck songs developed by Michael Hearst for his aptly titled solo release, Songs for Ice Cream Trucks (sample at Wired).

When we were kids, ice cream trucks had maybe two songs in circulation and an angry turbaned man at the helm. These tracks bring playful innocence to the otherwise-jaded profession of hawking ice cream on the streets of 'burbia. How the world is changing.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Good, Radio, Trends and Culture



Cardboard Robot Brings Tin Man to Life in Streets of LA

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Stardust Studios' Neil Tsai directed a new project for the Cardboard Robot art collective, a street art group led by Mason Brown.

Granted, the world doesn't need another jaded street art society, but we do think it's cool that the man-versus-machine discourse has come to factor into creative play on concrete avenues.

The result was filmed in downtown Los Angeles and onstage at The Source. It's an industrialist's Alice in Wonderland.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Trends and Culture, Video



Harry Potter Kicks iPhone's Ass, Buzzwise

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Perhaps because of the recent novel-leaking scandal, Harry Potter buzz has exceeded the iPhone in spades. Get this: over 4 percent of blogs of late reference Harry Potter in some way.

Is it that serious? Is it? Is it? Perish the thought, says GP. And while we'd love to blow X amount of hours reading the nearly 700 pages that comprise this latest and last masterpiece of JK Rowling's, well, the spoilers convey all the critical stuff faster. Plus, we've still got a bunch more HP movies to sit through. Why ruin the wizard's cinematic potential with that pesky (always, inevitably, better) literary version?

by Angela Natividad    Jul-24-07    
Topic: Trends and Culture, Word of Mouth



Memories of Youth, Age Elitism Factors in Effective Youth Marketing

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After attending the Ypulse conference in San Francisco earlier this week, we've come to realize a few things about teens, tweens and the marketers who want them in their back pocket. Sometimes it seems like today's marketers are falling into the same potholes our predecessors did: trying to deconstruct cool, relying too heavily on surveys, and forgetting that before we're marketers, we're consumers. We've been consumers all our lives. That experience is our biggest trump card.

Another thing we don't realize is that generations of kids, teens and adults also fall for the same potholes their predecessors did. What we need to remember is, no matter what age we are, we all suffer from a bit of age elitism.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-20-07    
Topic: Events, Opinion, Trends and Culture



In the End, a Chain is Just a Chain is Just a Chain

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Starbucks Gossip pulls this quote from a BusinessWeek piece: "Once the undisputed king of premium brew, Starbucks is suddenly besieged by tough competitors" - the toughest of which is McDonald's.

McDonald's? That's a far cry from yuppie-ville. Just goes to show that no matter how much care you put into picking the best swatches and prettiest cafe art, in the end you've still got the Golden Arches to reckon with - the dowdy Wal-Mart of fast food.

What, did you think the world was a romantic place?

by Angela Natividad    Jul-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Trends and Culture



'Mad Men' Not so Different From Today's Mad Men

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While it might have been a bit less than imaginative to begin Mad Men focusing so heavily on the impending doom of tobacco marketers, the AMC debut was quite good in our eyes and illustrates things haven't changed since "the good 'ol days." In an early scene talking with his boss about pitching a Jewish department store account and how it would be nice to have someone Jewish in the pitch, series's star Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, offers, "you want me to run down to the deli and grab somebody."

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-07    
Topic: Cable, Opinion, Trends and Culture



Al Gore Says We Cannes Do It, Marketing Bloggers Publish Book

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- If you haven't seen it, here's Al Gore's speech he gave at Cannes about climate change about how the advertising industry can effect it. It's in three parts. Here, here and here.

- The Age of Conversation, a book written by 100 marketing bloggers and writers the wordl over, just went on sale today. You can check it all out in this Advertising Age story.

- If you want to read blog posts by celebrities, politicians and business leaders who don't even know they are writing them, head over to News Groper.

- Google has released AdSense for Mobile beta.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Publishing, Trends and Culture, Weblogs



Head-Up-Their-Ass Marketers Shove Product Up Ass

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Back in the day, people scoffed at the practice of parting with cash to acquire a bottle of water, a product readily available free from any faucet. Now, water, a product which costs its makers next to nothing to produce, is standard fair in convenience and grocery stores the world over.

An alien visiting from another planet might think this paying for water thing is one of the most illogical of all observed human behavior but he would be wrong. Until he observes humans paying $40 for a bottle of Bling H2O marketed by none other than the ubiquitous bare-assed, sex-sells hottie, he won't have a true understanding of how the human race has "evolved" since his last visit.

While our alien might hypothesize anyone marketing a bottle of $40 water must have their head up their ass, the ad will certainly confirm that assumption quite clearly.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-07    
Topic: Online, Racy, Strange, Trends and Culture








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