Pharrell is a PC

October 13, 2008

What the hell is going on. Pharrell might be cool, but I’m still going to be a Mac.

I’m a PC

September 28, 2008

After being repeatedly dogged by those ubiquitous—and now pretty annoying—”I’m a Mac” commercials, PC has finally struck back with a left hook (or maybe a soft jab) of its own, launching a campaign of equally annoying ads. The new commercials feature individuals of varying ages, professions and lifestyles telling the camera “I’m a PC” and offering descriptions of their jobs and ways of life, in an effort to disprove the stereotypical glasses and tweed jacket-clad PC user. For example, there’s a woman in a cage sumberged among sharks, a grafitti artist, and even an appearance by Pharrell. To me, the ads are just a lame attempt to earn PC cool points and actually serve to acknowledge the effectiveness of the Mac ads.

See for yourself:

American Apparel

September 3, 2008

By now it’s no secret: American Apparel sells hip, comfortable clothes, but uses very suggestive images of women in their ads to do so, a practice that seems contrary to the company’s claims of being a socially responsible brand. I stumbled upon a Newsweek piece from a while back that discusses this very issue. It even mentions a particularly provocative billboard that used to be at the corner of Houston and Allen and one that we would always comment on walking past. Turns out the reason it came down was because someone had tagged the phrase “Gee, I wonder why women get raped” across the top of it. Jeesh. That’s one way to make a point. Take a look at the Newsweek article HERE, it’s pretty interesting.

So tomorrow’s Friday…

August 22, 2008

Tomorrow’s Friday. This Xbox commercial, probably my favorite commercial of all time, embodies the spirit of Friday’s to a capital T. What makes you feel more like a kid than a massive water balloon fight? I say nothing. AND the soundtrack to the ad is “Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” a song that I loved as a little kid, and for which I even had the record. A subtle detail to notice: the sound effects of the bursting balloons are bullets and explosives. Tricky.