• Anger, Bitterness, And The Beyonce Bump
    Hate, anger, division, bitterness -- leather? Just a few of the emotions and questions stirred up in the wake of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
  • Super Bowl Ads: The Glory, The Greatness, The Marilyns
    Back in 2010, BBDO, one of the foremost agency makers of Super Bowl spots, rejiggered the use of celebrity in a way that won the game for Snickers. So I was primed for more Snicker's "Hungry" greatness in this year's iteration.
  • Yo-Yo No Mas: Oprah & The Weight Wars
    Wednesday night, I spent an hour online with my new BFF, Oprah. Well, actually, she was connecting personally with me and the thousands of others listening in on the call that Weight Watchers orchestrated for members.
  • Star-Spangled Speaking: Sarah Palin, Unplugged
    An endorsement is a form of ad, of course. And no endorsement in the history of political discourse has been as mind-blowing as the one that Sarah Palin offered up for Trump on Tuesday. Dazzlingly erratic, it seemed to throw off the entire time/space continuum.
  • Ad Babylon: Bill Cosby Behind The Curtain
    I interviewed lots of people who offered behind-the-scenes stories about Cosby in advertising. Interestingly, two of these stories have to do with Cosby as a dad figure. They demonstrate his distressing bipolarity on the subject.
  • Trump TV Ad: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    The king of free media has announced that his campaign will spend upwards of $2 million a week on TV ads, the first of which debuted earlier this week. I was shocked by this initial spot. For whatever reason, I didn't expect it to be so hate-filled and obviously demogogue-ish. Imagine if the ghosts of early Lee Atwater and Goebbels cobbled something together. Seems like someone's been brushing up on "Mein Kampf."
  • The Art Of The Deal, The Grift Of The Trump
    Before we go out on the "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" bender, I wanted to do a little reflection on the year in advertising. Who am I kidding? Any reflection on 2015 turns into The Year in Trump.
  • 'The Affair': Rashomon Meets The Young And The Restless
    Recently, Showtime announced the renewal of its totally binge-worthy, crazy-sexy and sometimes even cerebral series, "The Affair," for a third season. That's not a minute too soon; the season two finale breaks this Sunday. And just anticipating the sound of that haunting opening theme song, written and sung with brio and emo by Fiona Apple, and the hypnotic line, "Sink down into the ocean," gives me shivers.
  • Jeb & The Three Chairs: A Parable
    Donald J. Trump chose Monday, Dec. 7, (famously known as "the day that will live in infamy" after the attack on Pearl Harbor) to announce his own attack, calling for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims attempting to enter the United States. With this ever-escalated bit of grandiosio/neo-trashtalktainment, Candidate Trump achieved a stranglehold on the news cycle that was unprecedented, even for him. So it was unfortunate that Dec. 7 was also the date that Jeb Bush's Super PAC, Right to Rise, chose to unleash its most aggressive "attack" ad yet.
  • Sisterhood Of The Traveling Underpants
    "It was always my dream to be Miss November," said no woman connected to this latest Pirelli calendar. Released earlier this week, it's already kicked up much social media fuss.
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