The Joe Boxer Kerfuffle

It seems I’m back in the commercial swing of things, at least temporarily. Don’t expect anything too deep – RL is still a bear and an energy drain like whoa (but not in an entirely bad way) – but rather expect little toe-dips into the water. I recently saw this commercial and despite myself, I […]

GoldieBlox and the Two Beasties

So, I saw this today because apparently the surviving members of The Beastie Boys are protesting the use of their song. Which I suppose is their right, right? I happen to think they’re coming off as a bit … cranky (not my first choice of words) about something that turns a lyrically horrible song into […]

Avon: Lipstick Equals Instant Self Esteem?

Okay, while I do think that makeup can make a person feel better about oneself – and I’m not denigrating the use of it at all – there is something about this commercial that just sets me on edge. Is it the idea that the implication is that the only reason this woman feel pretty […]

Midweek Media: Kayak WTF

Brief transcript: The scene: a nice, large home. An older (white) man sits at a table, working on a laptop. A (white) woman approximately the same age as the man enters the room with mail in her hand. She pauses and says, “Honey, your eyes.” The shot changes so we can see that the man’s […]

Midweek Media, Of a Sort

This isn’t a complete breakdown of media images or messages, more of a collection of seriously ooky shit that companies and their advertising agencies think we should find soooooo compelling we have seemingly inexplicable urges to eat, purchase, patronize or otherwise give them our hard earned dollars. I might be tetchy from a headache that […]

Velveeta Cheesy Skillets

See also. Okay, look. I get it. It’s supposed to be surreal and weird, and leave the viewer with an “OMG, what did I just watch?” feeling they’re sure to remember when they’re in the overly-processed food aisle at the market. It’s an advertising trope that seems more and more common ala Old Spice, or […]

The Tide … Is Not High On My List

O RLY? This doesn’t qualify as a post, I suppose. I don’t think I really need to say why this ad is a problem, do I? I mean, how sad is it that I have to side-eye a frigging laundry soap now? (Actually, Tide has effed up in the past.) I am pretty sure I’m […]