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What Is Colonel Sanders Implying About KFC in This Ad?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s cool that KFC found a guy who looks exactly like Colonel Sanders to play the iconic chicken peddler in new TV ads. What’s odd is how they’ve chosen to utilize him. Have you seen the baseball-themed spot embedded above? Here’s the colonel’s dialog: If there’s two things I’m certain of, it’s one: baseball will […]

Scotch and Soda: TV’s Mad Men Concludes

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by James Lileks

If there’s one thing you can take away from the Mad Men finale, it’s this: the lipsyncing was really bad in that Coke commercial. Before the last show ran, AMC played a montage of key scenes with sappy “Do You Remember (the highlights of Your Life)” that drenched the show in tear-jerking awwww sap — […]

Sure, the Black Widow Action Figures Are Sexy, But Little Girls Still Want the Princess Fantasy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

As if Joss Whedon weren’t in enough hot water along with the rest of the Marvel folks for not producing a Black Widow movie series, Disney adds the icing onto the sexist cake by rewriting Avengers: Age of Ultron to promote a new Captain America toy. That heroic motorcycle ride Black Widow took to save the […]

Oh Dear! Notice Anything Funny About This Collection of Presidential Hopeful Ties?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

An online retailer Bows-N-Ties.com is planning to create a collection of ties in honor of the 2016 presidential race. According to the company’s president and founder, Hendrik Pohl, they’re taking a poll and the Top 5 most popular ties will go into production. Voting ends April 30th. Currently Christie, Clinton, and Paul are in the lead. […]

Genius! You Can Now Order Toilet Paper Directly From Your Toilet, Thanks to Amazon

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

With the Amazon Dash button, reordering your favorite consumable products has never been easier. Simply attach the new adhesive button to a handy location in your kitchen, laundry room — or bathroom — and press the button when you’re running low on a product. Voilà! Your order is placed instantaneously. No more emergency trips to […]

Today’s 10 Best Online April Fools’ Jokes

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

April Fools’ jokes have gone high tech and websites have upped their game this year, going to great lengths to create fake but realistic-looking ads and stories that cause customers to do double-takes. Here are some of the best on the internet today: 1. Google Actual Cloud Platform “Literally a cloud. Introducing Google Actual Cloud Platform, […]

You Do Know That American Apparel Hopes Their Racy Ads Will Get Banned, Right?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

From the UK Daily Mail: Bosses at trendy clothing firm American Apparel have been rapped for a ‘too sexy’ advert showing a female model wearing a ‘thong bodysuit’. The firm, which has more than 270 stores across the world, regularly has its raunchy ads banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). In 2012 the firm […]

Those GoDaddy Superbowl Ads, Cruel Click Bait, and Other Ways Media Manipulates You

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Unless you’ve been living in a bunker for the last week,  you’ve probably seen the controversial GoDaddy ad where the lost puppy returns home only to find out he’s been sold online. The ad has been pulled from the Super Bowl lineup and the online version was removed after vocal protests by PETA and other […]

The 10 Most Terrifying Public Service Announcements from the 1970s

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Back in the 1970s, most Americans only had a few TV channels. In the pre-DVR era, there was no fast-forwarding through the commercials, so when the networks ran public service announcements, everyone watched. Apparently, someone in a position of influence thought that fear was a great motivator, especially for small children and their parents, so […]

Morality, For Sale at a Store Near You

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 - by Leslie Loftis

Preparing for the Houston Ice Storm 2014, Part Deux, I hit the grocery store. I was in that ready-alert state of mind that allows a person to see details usually missed. The promotional-items section at the front of the store caught my eye, as Kroger has designed it to do. They featured a new brand, […]

Boycott, Divestment & ScarJo: Pop Culture Questions #BDS

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been the stuff of universities, investment groups and the American Jewish community until now. Thanks to the stardom of Scarlett Johansson the BDS battle has made its way into the mainstream. While pop culture addicts more attuned to the size of Kim Kardashian’s rear end will pass by the […]

Mix Soviet Posters with American Pin-ups, Get 2014 Olympics Calendar

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 - by Oleg Atbashian

When a young illustrator from Moscow, Andrei Tarusov, decided to picture how the Winter Olympics might have looked in the old USSR if the erstwhile Soviet government hadn’t been so zealous in suppressing the sexuality of its citizens, he let his imagination run wild. The result was an off-the-wall calendar that creatively combined Soviet propaganda […]

How to Make Your Book Look Important

Saturday, December 14th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Selling your Writing in 13 Weeks, Week 10 Yes, I know, it sounds like I’m always saying more or less the same thing: “you have to give the impression that you are traditionally published if you want to really sell.” Unfortunately, this is true.  The public still views traditionally published books as better.  Though there […]

Launching Your Book Off Right

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Selling your writing in 13 weeks, week 9 There is something magical about taking a book you finish and letting it out into the world. There is something very scary too. Back when I was doing only traditional publishing, or as I call it non-Baen publishing (since of all my traditional publishers Baen is the […]

Kmart Takes Shaking Your Package to a Whole New Low This Christmas

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

Who still shops at Kmart? This advertisement is a pathetic cry for help. It’s even less effective than an 8 year old “acting out” to get his parents’ attention and then ending up with a time-out in the corner. Kmart is the commercial version of that kid. Once the darling of the American family, it […]

Why Digital Rights Management is a Bad Idea

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 - by Sarah Hoyt

Or The Fine Art of Making your Customers into Criminals It must have been in 2000 or around there, when I had just three short stories out and electronic books seemed a thing of the distant future or perhaps of the shady present, that I for the first and last time endorsed some form of […]

Why Liberals Hate Tim Tebow

Sunday, September 1st, 2013 - by Paula Bolyard

In January 2012, Tim Tebow was the darling of the marketing world — he was marketing gold. Then quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tebow had led the team to several come-from-behind wins and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of an overtime game to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a first-round playoff […]

Three Random Observations on the Mad Men Season Six Finale

Monday, June 24th, 2013 - by James Lileks

Short version: nicely done. The obligatory animated gif is at the end of this piece. Long version follows. 1. Pretentious Observations Written Before Watching the Exciting Conclusion The season began with the face of a doctor looking down with concern, a lobby light fixture behind his head like a great cold modernist spider. Some thought […]

Food Idolatry: Why Our Lust for Cheap Food Will Kill Us

Sunday, May 26th, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

It’s complicated. Blame it on advertising. Blame it on the industry. It really doesn’t matter who or what you point to. The evidence is everywhere: the vast majority of Americans have a fantasy relationship with food. What we eat is an extremely intimate, personal relationship with ourselves. It is precisely how we maintain the partnership […]

TUESDAY NEW RELEASES: Ke$ha’s Warrior and Hinder’s Freakshow Battle Good Taste

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 - by Jonathan Sanders

Tuesday New Releases in Music Though hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa and rockers Hinder hope to prove otherwise, this week’s expected sales leader, Ke$ha, controls her own fate with sophomore album Warrior. Despite an excited fan-base, the question remains: does anyone really care? Last week Rihanna’s album Unapologetic went to #1 as expected, but massive week-to-week […]

PJ Lifestyle Seeking Freelance Technology Writers

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle

PJ Lifestyle plans to continue expanding in many directions after the election — hopefully along with the rest of the economy! Over the coming months we’ll be seeking out new voices to complement our usual team of humorists and cultural critics. (Keep an eye out for future openings for new writers and bloggers.) Today we’re […]

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Conservative Song Gaining Popularity

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 - by Rayburn

Advertorial “Keep The Change” is a catchy little Country Rock tune penned by Rayburn, a band hailing from Little Rock, Ark. Recorded at Ocean Way studios in Nashville, Tenn. by Grammy award-winning engineer, Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams Jr.), “Keep The Change” is an up-tempo number that perfectly captures the current mood […]

PJ Lifestyle Seeking Expert Critics and Product Reviewers

Monday, October 29th, 2012 - by PJ Lifestyle

PJ Lifestyle plans to continue expanding in many directions after the election — hopefully along with the rest of the economy! Over the coming months we’ll be seeking out new voices to complement our usual team of humorists and cultural critics. (Keep an eye out for future openings for new writers and bloggers.) Today we’re […]

The Politics of Shopping

Friday, July 13th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

As Americans become more politically polarized will we choose to patronize or avoid a store, brand, product, or restaurant based on that corporation’s political activity? For example, if you are an active Democrat would you avoid Walmart if you knew that their corporate contributions lean towards Republicans? You could go to Target instead, but their […]