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America Needs Scientists…

… but not so much that it needs to encourage girls to learn about science.

The notice below, urging parents to “Stimulate boys’ interest”, is from an advertisement for microscopes, telescopes, and other scientific equipment by Edmund Scientific Co. in the March 1958 issue of Natural History.

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Republican Party Pays For Advertisements To Convince Right Wing Voters To Oppose Hillary Clinton

The Republican National Committee believes that it is more likely to energize its political base by opposing Hillary Clinton than by talking about the agenda of the Republican Party, or the presidential candidates who are seeking to represent it in 2016. […]

Google Wants Kids To Use Apps On The Playground Instead Of Playing

The message of this advertisement seems to be: Get your students an Android tablet from Google For Education, and video game learning can replace physical education. What Google genius thought that would be an effective piece of marketing? […]

One Million Moms: Pour Sugar In Your Kids, But Don’t Talk About Jam

The Christian organization One Million Moms is outraged, because, well, that’s what they do. The group has begun a nationwide campaign against Kellogg’s, demanding that it stop distributing the following advertisement for its new peanut butter and jelly Pop-Tart:

One Million Moms offers the following description of the advertisement: “The animated commercial has a mom […]

Willful Misinterpretation of a Diner Mat

So that’s where they come from.

I kind of would hope that they might sleep now and then.

But I don’t want a headache.

Small business + Rural area = Wide range of products. I miss Oriental Rugs and Fiddles.

Groovy. Messy.

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Triple Unreality

1. Viewing medical records and smiling. 2. While holding a baby and caring for a well-behaved toddler. 3. In a clean kitchen.

For more unreality, see It’s Like They Know Us.

Must See Advertisements?

Marketing Magazine, in a tweet this afternoon, promises to show its readers a list of “must-see ads” for the week.

Must-see advertisements? Readers, can you name even one advertisement that you have seen that you felt, afterwards, it was necessary for you to see?

Are these kinds of exceptional, necessary-to-see advertisements really released on […]

HP Bends the Rules to Trend with its #BendTheRules Twitter Campaign

The ancient technology corporation Hewlett Packard (long since KFC’ed to “HP”) is trying to recast itself as young and rebellious with a social media campaign this week. Here’s a sample from the microblogging platform Twitter:

Show us what you’re doing to #BendTheRules and get your name on @IanWalsh4's surfboard. http://t.co/fEGnrOMJMx

— HP (@HP) June 25, […]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be […]

This Is An Advertisement For Wine

This is an advertisement for wine…

and the Super Bowl is a way to encourage physical fitness…

and Lady Gaga has legitimate concerns that publishers aren’t allowing her to display her natural beauty…

and The Hunger Games provides an important critique of the way that our culture treats violence as a form of entertainment…

and […]

Undead Meditation

I have been boarded up in the basement of my home for 4 days straight now. I’ve been eating nothing but Ramen noodles and Cheezits, and drinking condensation on the pipes in this dark hole. The advertisers await outside, moaning, looking for a way in.

One calls out to me, telling me that if I […]