Ed Driscoll

Collapse Into Cliche

Back in 2002, Starbucks received plenty of grief over their “Collapse Into Cool” ad campaign, which appeared to take the symbolism described in Wilson Bryan Key’s perennial 1970s back-catalog bestseller Subliminal Seduction into the 21st century.

Starbucks quickly pulled the ad, but six years later, this viral video from a Dutch travel agency appears to also use 9/11 as its subtext, if much less obviously:

  • Jumbo jet unexpectedly roars low overhead? Check.
  • Shaky handheld cin