Thursday, May 04, 2006

Tonight is the Night!

Doors open at 8. First band starts at 9:45. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come on out tonight and help us Fight Leukemia at The Media Club at 695 Cambie.

If you can't make it, don't be shy to make a donation online.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ethical Advertising For Ethical Funds

Did you know that most mutual funds go towards supporting some of the most horrific elements of human nature? Child labour and sweatshops in third world countries, Big Tobacco that pushes poison on teenage girls and companies that make bombs and guns to kill innocent people could all be funded by the mutual funds you invest in everyday. Indirectly, millions of North Americans are supporting the breakdown of the Earth through mining or forestry, and stand ignorantly behind Big Oil companies as they pillage the last of a limited resource. Do you realize that your money could be supporting warlords, and promoting genocide overseas? Do you realize that your CPP is invested in these kind of funds? Open your eyes to what is going on around you and ask yourself, “What are my investments up to?”

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Freak Shows

Advertisers have an uncanny knack of finding the strange and bizarre things happening out there and bringing them to the attention of the world.

Think of the Rogers ads with the street runners. Tony Hawk. Jim Rose.

But nothing compares to this:

Beard Growing Competition

Monday, May 01, 2006

God Is Our Biggest Client

I went to see Faust the other night. I can't say I'm a big fan of the opera, but the story sure made me appreciate the fact that I am making the most of my youth, as it appears that when you get older, you'd be tempted to sell your soul to get it back if you have lived a youth unfulfilled.

It also reminded me that the arts have the same client relations as advertising agencies.

But back in the old days, the arts were sponsored either by rennaisance nobility, or the church.

Today, it's businesses.

To give you an example: Here is a beautiful ad, it could have been for anyone, but Crest footed the bill.