Hulu’s commercials for Jack Links Jerky pretty much guarantee that I will never buy their irritating product.
Ohio State University is reportedly gearing up to name its new emergency department after Abercrombie & Fitch, as a nod to the $10 million the Ohio-based company donated to the medical center in recent years. We can’t help but imagine half-clothed doctors with rippling muscles, and artfully ripped denim hospital gowns with a surfeit of cargo pockets (the better to carry your IV bag in?) — but not in XL or XXL sizes for women, natch.
How sad it is that hospitals have to take money from giant corporations, resulting in stupid shit like this.
You know what? Anytime I see the term “all natural” on ANY product, I immediately dismiss it as bullshit. It’s an overused marketing ploy and people eat it up (literally).
Here’s something I fully support: demanding evidence from companies who glowing claims about their “healthy” products. I’d like to see something about coconut water, since it’s the latest “better than water” fad…
Great! As if PRISM we wasn’t enough. At least you can turn off your wifi before going shopping if you don’t want to be tracked.
I ripped this ad out of a magazine about 15 years ago because subliminal ads have been an interest of mine for a long time, and I thought this was kinda funny & clever since the ad isn’t even for alcohol (it’s for a tech company). I recently found it in a shoebox of similar stuff and had to share.
Allegedly, ice cubes used to be a favorite place to hide subliminal words and images (usually “sex” or images of nekkid ladies, etc.) in ads for alcohol and soft drinks. A lot of old-timer admen say that the whole subliminal thing never happened, but I’ve seen some pretty convincing examples. Even if it didn’t happen, it’s a fun concept!
Check out these spam numbers from the past few months. Notice a slight surge in spam comments for September?
Fuck a duck! It jumped from an average of 400/month to over 8000. What caused that?? 95% of them were comments on the post about Nike shoes and Jesus, but I wonder why that post. Maybe they’re targeting posts about Nike…or Jesus. All I gotta say is THANK YOU to Akismet for preventing each and every one of those comments from being posted, not to mention letting me nuke them all at once. Also, hooray for IP range bans!
A little girl in a toy store rants about girls being stuck with pink princessy toys and boys being stuck with superhero toys. ’Tis a smart child who can see right through that gender-partitioning marketing bullshit! She’s my hero for the day.
Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed a new trend that the marketing people are using to sell food: slapping the label “artisan” on it. The word conjures up images of smiling, plump folks in aprons (probably in an old-timey house in the countryside) sculpting each piece of food meticulously by hand, carefully inspecting each one before laying it gently in the package for your consumption. In reality, 99% of this stuff comes from a giant factory like anything else — the word “artisan” is yet another marketing bullshit word used to con you into thinking you’re getting something really, really special. Some stuff made by small local companies might qualify as being made by actual “food artisans” (cheese and tofu come to mind), but now that Starbucks has begun using that term, all bets are off!
For some reason I haven’t gotten around to posting about this, but the other day I ran across a post on Gawker about it:
There you have it, America: you (we) are all so dumb that all it takes is one clearly false adjective to convince us to mindlessly open our wallets and pay for the privilege of shoveling the same lab-created chemical pseudofood concoction as always down our gullets.
The Gawker post references a USA Today story on the subject, so I had to go read that as well!
Marketers know that consumers buy into this artisan imagery. More than 800 new food products have christened themselves artisan something-or-other in the past five years, reports researcher Datamonitor. While fewer than 80 new foods dubbed themselves artisan just four years ago, the number more than doubled to nearly 200 in 2010.
“The word artisan suggests that the product is less likely to be mass-produced,” says Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director at Datamonitor. “It also suggests the product may be less processed and perhaps better tasting and maybe even be better for you.”
After reading these, I knew it was time to post about it and share a few photos I took (starting last year) when I began noticing this stupid trend. But before that, I have to share with you a blog I discovered while writing this post: it’s called That Is Not Artisan. This woman is my new hero — she goes after the marketing mis-use of this term with a vengeance!
OK, now for a few photos of my own… I know I’ve taken more, but I’ll have to do some digging. The above blog should pretty much cover all the artisan-ness you need, though.