Happy Halloween!

Am I the only person that thinks this is in the poorest possible taste? Today, on Halloween, I receive a survey from the corporate-owned cemetery asking me to rate my “overall cemetery experience” from last month when we buried my mother there. When my parents purchased their cemetery plots decades ago, they bought them at this quaint little cemetery that… Continue reading

Clever & Funny Advertising

Those who know me well know that I detest advertising. The advertisements for the new Ant-Man movie are a rare exception. Just the right size for the ants (an important target market for the film), the billboards are clever and made me laugh. Hat tip to Cameron for calling my attention to them. Related articles These Tiny Ant-Man Billboards Are… Continue reading

Getting a Divorce

Yes, it’s true. I’m getting a divorce: from Facebook. We are in the “separation” phase. I’ve moved Facebook out: off of my iPad and my iPhone. I’m no longer going to use it from my iOS devices because those apps seem oppressively laden by Facebook’s marketing machine. So, I’m still checking my account from my computer, but I’m minimizing the… Continue reading

Backlash Gains Real Traction

Social media? Get real. It’s really all marketing machinery! Facebook and Twitter try to keep it quiet, but a backlash against the heavy marketing (exploitation) of user information is annoying a critical mass of people. Remember, if you’re not paying for an online service, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. Eli Pariser nailed it in his book,… Continue reading

The Onslaught of the Fiaticians

Everyone who knows me knows of my complete disdain for advertising, but this commercial is special. I love the design sensibilities and size of the new Fiat 500s. Their marketing campaign is crafty to say the least. This commercial is very well done on several levels. It’s cleverly deceptive. The last thing Fiat wants you to know is that their… Continue reading

Can I Lease My Rooftop?

So, this is going to be really, really annoying! Apparently a startup in San Francisco is selling your daily routes to work and back to companies willing to post advertisements on your car. The car owner gets paid about $100 per month to have the advertisements stuck to their car. “This car runs on advertising.” The daily route you take… Continue reading

Slick, Clever, and Birlliantly Positioned!

Unlike most people I suspect, literally everything I see in media, online and on TV, I’m asking myself: “Who paid for me to see this and why?” Call me cynical, but I genuinely do not believe anything in the mediaspehere happens by accident. I believe that corporations have paid large marketing corporations to attain very carefully defined goals, and they… Continue reading

Is NOTHING Sacred?!

I swore for years I would never join Facebook. I hate what they stand for: making money off of you! It’s a disgusting marketing machine. Facebook has provided me with a wonderful way to reconnect with many long-lost friends, colleagues, people from high school, college, former jobs, etc. But I increasingly hate Facebook! I recently received a post in my… Continue reading

Blasts from the Past

I remember these vividly as a child. I was small enough to crawl under the end table in the living room and play with the colorful packages on the floor. For some reason, I was enamored with the happy looking faces and the contrast of the vivid color on the white packet. Keep in mind the packets were pure white.… Continue reading

In Spam Hell!

No, it’s bigger than that! I’m in electronic spam hell! I completely killed text messaging on my iPhone* because I began getting an untold number of marketing text messages. I can think of nothing I loathe more than unsolicited advertising, especially when I’m the one paying for it! On a quest for a solution, I called @AT&T. Yes, I had… Continue reading