2019 advertising industry highlights

December 23rd, 2019

I wonder about that exercise bike, upscale as it were, and the ad that’s claimed as sexist, and… after watching it finally… hm… Sure, whatever… guy gives girlfriend bike, she apparently uses it daily, and at the end he sits by smugly as she beams about it.  Imagine that as she’s staying trim, he’s just eating all the junk food in the house, or something… I think that’s the narrative working everyone has on this one.
It’s interesting because  I had seen a different ad before that one… which is more dystopian than any “ismist”, and thought maybe that the ad in question was a slight working of that one — which would make it more defendable — one having a man before the crack of dawn listening to an dis-embodied face task mastering him to pedal harder, back out to see a city with lights on showing everyone listening to the dis-embodied face telling everyone to pedal, damnedit, and now it’s 1984 and all that… the other a woman, the problem of the patriarchy coming in that it’s a stern man whipping everyone into shape, with the added problem being that if they switched it to a woman — that’d just count as the shrill concept.
In the meantime, the question of consumer culture that always bugs me — if it’s the bike you want, and you find the ad offensive, shouldn’t you just buy the bike anyway — are you buying the bike or the advertisement with these things?

In other great news of advertising… Ad week had a big shindig with great symposiums of bring gender equity in the advertising industry — apparently beginning with a performance from TLC (though, one of the letters passed away, so now it’s just TC, isn’t it?) — and ending with Pitbull dancing about with women wearing not much clothing shoving their butts in the air.  Were the performers paid well, with good working conditions?  Maybe that’s all that matters.

all so non-partisan twenty years back

December 20th, 2019

Looking at an op-ed saying “GO ahead Democrats”, with the supposition that the Democrats in the House who are in districts Trump carried are one step further into it…

… starting with a point that even though he knew Bill Clinton did bad with Lewinsky, he opposed Impeachment…

… unlike the mean Democrats…

I’m staring at the configuration, thinking “Oh.  So you were the ONE!”

And maybe he was.  The one.  Like, twenty years from now some Republican can point out they were in favor of Impeachment when some Democrat pulls a half Trump…

Looking back, I see in a news article the straight forward but factually incorrect statement that Trump is the third President Impeached, and the first in his first term.  Andrew Johnson was in his first term.

(shrug). Good on Gabbard.

December 19th, 2019

Couldn’t Tulsi Gabbard have gone the “Arlen Specter” route, and cited Scottish Law — if not the precise Scottish Law that Specter found for the “not proven, therefor not guilty” canard — to come up with something other than “yah”, “nay”, or “present”?

Off of this vote hinges Hillary Clinton’s nightmare talk of her third party bid… even though the Green Party is out of the question.  (Interestingly, the local library had in the meeting room a “Green Party Presidential Candidate” that you could meet.  I didn’t pick up who it was.)

As a whole, the problem with the Impeachment comes down to its great political quandary — I wish there were somehow someway a manner opinions on the matter may deviate from the manner of opinions on — oh, for instance, what do you say about Abortion (and it’d be there and not, say, trade policy which ends up strangely malleable — see too at least a piece of military policy), and at this point would you prefer to watch Hamilton or Duck Dynasty?

trolls will take control of everything if we let them, won’t they?

December 16th, 2019

Apparently you can’t be seen using the ok sign anymore.  Internet trolls that get aligned to the label “alt right” have taken it, much as gangs frequently do with sports team uniforms.

Absurdities abound, round about here:

Critics expressed outrage when a former White House aide, Zina Bash, appeared to be flashing the sign as she sat behind Brett M Kavanaugh during the televised Senate confirmation hearings for his appointment to the Supreme Court.  Defenders of Ms. Bash insisted that she had not intended any racist connotation and was merely signaling o.k. to someone.

This excerpt should not be in a news article, unless we specify “critics” as “twittering nitwits”.  But, with hub ub occuring, and everything becoming politically incorrect…

From wikipedia:

Zina is the daughter of Lawrence Gelman, a doctor and hospital executive.[1] She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in McAllen, Texas.[2]
She is Jewish, and the descendant of Holocaust survivors.[3]

In September 2018, during Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing, she was falsely accused of making a white power hand sign. Her husband John Bash condemned the accusations, calling them “repulsive” and a “vicious conspiracy theory”.[20][21][22][23][24]

Actually we see wikipedia making a value judgement.  Maybe she was signaling to the white power “jews will not replace us crowd” (the other prominent figure cited flashing the “ok” sign is someone at the Charlottesville organizer… which strikes me as I google…

After Richard Spencer’s anti-Semitic Tirade, Will the U.S. Media Now Stop Glamorizing Well-dressed White Nationalists?

A loaded question… I don’t think Richard Spencer is getting much good (positive) press in the media, is he?


funny man… sometimes.

December 10th, 2019

Sometime after Trump’s time in office expires — hopefully after the next election — I think we’ll come back around to admitting that — on occasion — the President could be funny.  Instance:

“They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive and I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good,” Mr Trump said.
“Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It’s like – it gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look.”

 Interesting to note the headlines for this one.  It’s either him “complaining” that he turns orange or… (see Murdoch’s New York Post) — joking.  This is one where the right wing news happens to be more correct.
I’m not saying it will be a thick volume, but a collection of “The Wit of President Donald Trump” may be worth pursuing.

not real news

December 6th, 2019

Someone from Sinclair Broadcasting (or is it Fox News?) asks Nancy Pelosi the ever so pertinent question… Do you hate Trump?  I suppose if I want to bend over backward to be overly fair, this was the leading question you got for Bush on trying to get some admission of some mistake, or something.  As it were, Pelosi says something or other, and a hashtag flies out of twitter.  (Oddly not hashtag I’m Catholic, which was part of the response.)

Next up… asking her (or some Democrat)… do you think Trump (or McConnell?) is Evil?  (Of course, if the Republicans were asked, and came back with a smirking yes, the right twittersphere would applaud.)

she wasn’t as obnoxious as Beto O’Rourke and Kirsten Gillibrand, but…

December 5th, 2019

Kamala Harris is out.  Which means… Julian Castro and Cory Booker see an opportunity to scoop up… to revitalize…

all that Kamala Harris support that’s out there

It’s there for the taking.  I mean, they better.  Otherwise it’s just Michael Bloomberg steam-rolling to the nomination.