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Archive | April, 2006
Is there anything on TV more infuriating than the political ad? If you agree with the candidate or issue, then you really don’t need to see it, and if you disagree, then you end up tallying all of the distortions of your reality that you see in the spot.
Each time an election draws near, I often wish that the fast-forward could go a little bit faster, or that I didn’t watch things like the World Series in real time, as I get pounded over and over with shoddily-produced, unhumorous ads that all look and sound alike.
However, as is often the case, what pisses off the consumers is seen as good news for the executives, so it is that Cable ad executives are looking forward to the plethora of spots that will plague the rest of us.
While you were busy emptying your savings account to buy another tank of gas, here are some of things that we were discussing:
- Is The Future Of Magazines Glossy? – Turns out that the future of magazines might just be email, baby.
- Television As A Hunter-Gatherer Experience – Why we’d all be better off if the networks decided not put their shows on their own websites, and stuck to using portals.
- Dancing About TV – A look at TV critics who blog about TV on the side.
- ‘Loper Challenge! Test Drive Pandora – Check out Pandora and let us know what you think — you could win a Medialoper T-Shirt: suitable for wearing!
- That’s What I Like: eMusic – Kirk discusses what just might be the only online music download service that looks at things from the perspective of the music lover who wants to listen to anything, anywhere, anytime: eMusic.
- This Lawsuit Isn’t Just A Cheap Trick – Why The Cheap Trick / Allman Brothers lawsuit against Sony Music could be a heckuva lot bigger than say, Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers.
- Google’s Puzzling Move – Are those “Crack the DaVinci Code” ads at the bottom of every search results page the precursor to the decontextualization of advertising on Google?
Today’s links of interest:
- Fundraising via download: Sweet music to nonprofits
Creative fundraising, new technology. We like it.
- Rhode Island embarks on wireless network
And Rhode Island enters the battle. Go Rhode Island!
- County Considers Free Wi-Fi for Residents
As the network neutrality battle heats up, local agencies look to offer better service to their constituents. Of course, in Texas, the phone companies put an end to that nonsense.
It’s no secret that Google is virtually printing money with its contextual advertising business. If you’ve read The Search you know that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were originally adamantly opposed to selling advertising alongside Google’s search results. It was only after Google developed a way to deliver advertising that was relevant to the context of a user’s search that Brin and Page embraced advertising as a business model.
With this in mind it’s kind of strange to notice that Google is currently running ads promoting the Da Vinci code on literally every results page, regardless of what is being searched for. Take a look at the bottom of the page, right below links to the ‘next results’.