June 21, 2002
What Does Advertising Do? A View From the Sideshow

When you think that advertising drives all of network television, a large component of cable television, all of radio, and a large chunk of print publishing--that a large chunk of our economy is run on a jury-rigged fashion because the only commodity actually paid for is the provision of eyeballs to advertisers--you start to think that we should pay more attention to the adds we watch. How much attention do we pay? Avedon Carol of The Sideshow has a view: | The Sideshow | ...I can't remember a single advertisement I saw all week. It doesn't matter whether I'm watching Buffy (which is full of innuendo and violence, with occasional sightings of skin &etc.) or a cooking show (although some might argue that that's sex, too), I don't remember the ads. Sometimes I may remember seeing an ad, but I don't remember what show I was watching at the time. Mostly, I remember ads when I am standing in front of the shampoo rack at SuperDrug and I see all these highly-promoted shampoos and remember that that's the one with the phony "scientific" spiel that goes along with the animation, and that's the one where the model's hair seems to...

Posted by DeLong at 01:51 PM

May 07, 2002
Free Pants!

"Free pants!" I say, coming into the bedroom, waving them around. "Yes, dear," says Ann Marie.

Posted by DeLong at 03:09 PM