Archive for the 'Hall of Shame' Category
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Hey, kids, let’s have a bit of fun, shall we? Which of these three realities, as reported upon in Advertising Age today, gets your vote as marketing creep of the day? All three strike your humble editor as strong, strong candidates.
(2) A corporate lawyer arguing that the FTC should continue “encouraging industry self-regulation.” Because, you know, that’s what the people really want.
(3) A “mobile marketing” exec using his visit to his 10- and 14-year-old nieces to spy and report on their use of “social media.”
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Marketing, by its very nature, is always a cultural straggler, discreetly recycling all the prejudices and hoary excuses that serve power and privilege.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Praise Allah that I was in remote Montana, out of media range, on August 28. Apparently, the Marketer-in-Chief, somehow invited to the show despite his radical flouting of everything MLK, took a break from planning his war crimes and actually said this about the Civil Rights Movement “losing its way”:
What had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.
That, folks, is the official death knell of the great black freedom movement. Thank you, Black Reagan.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
This overclass is so dominant, so safe from criticism, they increasingly just directly tell you what to do, despite your own obvious conflicting interests:
Without delving into cell phones’ ruinous effects on the cognitive and behavioral dimensions of the social fabric, contrast that spot with the work of Chris Jordan.
Vance Packard* is spinning in his grave.
*Note also the typically insipid book description from Amazon:
The Waste Makers was the first book to probe the increasing commercialization of American life—the development of consumption for consumption’s sake.
“Consumption for consumption’s sake”? Um, no. Consumption for profit’s sake. It continues to amaze TCT how thoroughly the great sacred “consumption” doctrines remain safe from the slightest mental effort.
And how sad is it that the “progressive” publisher assigned the modern introduction to Packard’s classic to somebody unable or unwilling to mention the powers-that-be, let alone explain the basics of capitalism, i.e. the new Don Quixote [or is it catspaw?] known as Bill McKibben?
Monday, July 1st, 2013
The glories of leaving things to “the market” prove themselves from the very outset. Here’s a graph from today’s New York Times:
And, of course, it gets even better! According to the Times:
The chasm in price is true even though new mothers in France and elsewhere often remain in the hospital for nearly a week to heal and learn to breast-feed, while American women tend to be discharged a day or two after birth, since insurers do not pay costs for anything that is not considered medically necessary.
Friday, June 21st, 2013
It ain’t just rockers. Dig this further news from the Cannes Crapfest:
Known for its splashy show intros, Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Thursday opened on a curiously heady note. Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took the stage to give a lecture, of sorts, on the subject of memes, which he introduced in his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene.” He spoke on how the transmission of ideas and cultural norms evolve in a way similar to natural selection, and how memes as we know them today are creative, intentional mutations.
First of all, Dawkins is even wronger about the topic of meme transmission than he is about the purported “selfishness” of deoxyrobinucleic acid — and that’s saying something. Darwin would never stop vomiting if he were to come back and realize such silliness is being chalked up to him.
And how did dear Richard become a Saatchi shill?
Wired.co.uk: How did you get involved in the New Directors Showcase?
Richard Dawkins: I was approached by Saatchi & Saatchi, who had this idea of centring the event around the theme of memes, so they asked if I would get involved and I was rather pleased with the idea.
Check out our rock star pseudoscientist rehearsing his presentation with his Saatchi handlers:
Tell us, Dick: How many works of real science are rehearsed for sponsors? Here’s a meme for you: