I picked up a copy of Communication Arts at my library's free magazine exchange. It's an advertising trade mag and the images and artwork are nothing short of fantastic. Lots of great creativity going on there...
...but it's advertising.
Blue Gal, of course, "subscribes" to the vision of Adbusters and Common Dreams, etc.:
Advertising is bad...Bill Hicks recommended advertising people should just kill themselves...But we all are influenced by it every day. Especially in trying to feel pharma-fabulous, and especially in terms of our American kids, who are the most advertised-to people in the entire world.
Internet users were very quick to culture jam when it came to "helping" Chevy Tahoe create ads that highlighted how polluting they are. But how quickly they suck it up with a straw to create their own Converse sneaker on-line. Products conceived as "cool" to the internet are still products, people. Related article here.
Plenty of times I've heard myself say "that's a great ad." Is there anything wrong with that? The reason it's good art is so that I will remember and hopefully buy. Is the lesson merely to see its influence while appreciating its art? Feel free to discuss, and bring into the conversation political advertising and the blogosphere as well.
IN JUST HOW FAST CAN THE WORLD CHANGE DEPT.: Surfing around found this article on "imagining the day when the WSJ print edition folds." Whoa. But there are days we all wish just the editorial page would fold, and not into pornogami, either.
Taking the weekend off, kids. Have a good one. xoxo