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Archive for September 2007

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Movie Week: Getting Even #2

Movie Week: Getting Even #2

Editor-in-Chief
Monday, September 17, 2007

      Death Sentence, from the torture-porn folks of SAW infamy, explores a deep, lasting and personal motivation for rage: injustice. Violence with a noble purpose is still violence? Vigilantes are heroes? The Hatfield and McCoys for a modern age - with much more fire power.

Quantity Over Quality

Quantity Over Quality

Monday, September 17, 2007

Given tight deadlines today, this blog post arguably has neither.  But I thought this article on OpenAd.net, “The Biggest Creative Department in the World,” was worthy of discussion.

Brand Wal-Mart: Basics Bungled, Leadership Lost

Brand Wal-Mart: Basics Bungled, Leadership Lost

Monday, September 17, 2007

The retail giant's new slogan suggests Wal-Mart is part of a higher standard of living. There's more than one problem with that claim, from internal policies to a lack of marketing vision.

Will it Flush?  Kohler Rips Blendtec in Flash Crap Fest

Will it Flush? Kohler Rips Blendtec in Flash Crap Fest

R. Eric Raymond
Monday, September 17, 2007

Never underestimate the power of an agency creative team to sweep in on a successful Internet phenomenon and whore the idea out to a client. So it goes with Kohler—the bold toiletsmiths of tomorrow. Taking a cue from the wildly successful Blendtec “Will it Blend?” series of catchy YouTube videos, Kohler has plunged the depths of their creatives to come up with JosPlumbing.com.

Movie Week: Getting Even #1

Movie Week: Getting Even #1

Editor-in-Chief
Sunday, September 16, 2007

        The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster, is just one of several "vigilante" movies coming to the screen now. Why so many of them all at once? We're feeling a little worried about this emerging cultural narrative. National group therapy, anyone?

Music Week: Amsterdam Revisited

Music Week: Amsterdam Revisited

Editor-in-Chief
Thursday, September 13, 2007

    We'll end the week the way we started it. More Amsterdam! This time, Guster sings. Here's to hoping you're getting somewhere!

10 Little Things #18

10 Little Things #18

Boyd Pearson
Thursday, September 13, 2007

See what's up against the wall. Read some redacted text. Get life tips from a dumb little man. Meet some daring bakers. Find jeans that fit true. And bring some precision to your nutrition. It's all in this week's 10 Little Things We Love.

Music Week: Tupac Shakur

Music Week: Tupac Shakur

Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    To some, he was a thug and a criminal. To most, he was the most gifted rapper and hip hop artist that ever lived. Either way, he will forever be remembered. And he died 11 years ago today.

Critics of the at&t Brand, BACK OFF!

Critics of the at&t Brand, BACK OFF!

Charles H. Ullmann
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Many are bitching about at&t’s ‘identity crisis.’ This week, BusinessWeek reports that “AT&T Rebrands. Again.” After acquiring cingular in a mammoth merger, at&t chose to do some brand remodeling to incorporate the new owner. Many saw this as a poor decision:

Web Content Strategy: What’s Your Signal-to-Noise Ratio?

Web Content Strategy: What’s Your Signal-to-Noise Ratio?

R. Eric Raymond
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Congratulations. Your business has embraced a digital content strategy. You’ve all settled on the cornflower blue icons. The company president wants to know if you’ve “gotten IT to install the Web 2.0 yet.” You’re sitting in your cube, taking a moment to breathe, thinking that the beast has been slain, the stables cleaned, the rock is on the top of the mountain, and hey, Hell looks nice from up here.

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