Attack Ads! The Podcast
Attack Ads! questions the dominance of media supported mainly by the corrupting influence of commercial advertising sponsorship, and aims to raise both awareness and outrage at the limitations such a system produces.
info_outline Good For Whatever Ails You 02/20/2019
Good For Whatever Ails You Too many ads today owe their stylistic inspiration to old time pitches for patent medicines, empty exhortations promising far more than the elixirs they bottled could deliver. All that—and so much more!—in this Episode 121: Good for Whatever Ails You.
info_outline Propaganda, An Introduction 02/06/2019
Propaganda, An Introduction Sometimes I find something that should be shared in its entirety. It helps when the author of that something is generous with the permission that makes sharing possible. Such is the case with this Bonus Episode: Propaganda, An Introduction.
info_outline My Filter Bubble of Vindication 01/09/2019
My Filter Bubble of Vindication Plunging blindly ahead without due regard is one way to do something. A New Year, though, provides a convenient calendrical pause, where one can look back and make sure goals have not been completely abandoned or forgotten. Hence, Episode 119: My Filter Bubble of Vindication.
info_outline ¡Feces Navidad! 12/25/2018
¡Feces Navidad! In one part of the world, at least, the phrase "getting good shit for Xmas" is taken more literally than in others. For a fun look at this region, one intended as levity for what December 25th can bring, I offer the gift of Episode 118: ¡Feces Navidad!
info_outline Can You Hear Me Now? 12/19/2018
Can You Hear Me Now? It’s not coincidental that the most irritating advertising arose only after machines increased audiences. Broadcasting and amplification beyond the range of a single voice likewise allowed today’s aural effluent. Hence, Episode 117: Can You Hear Me Now?
info_outline Gates & Gatekeepers 12/04/2018
Gates & Gatekeepers The more I dive into media history, the more I find that surprises. For example, did you know there was at one time a chain of theaters that didn't charge for admission? It's a mulling topic for me on this Episode 116: Gates & Gatekeepers.
info_outline With This Pin I Stitch Some Dumb 11/20/2018
With This Pin I Stitch Some Dumb Just when a good thing gets going, someone comes along to wreck it, merely because it doesn't make nearly as much money as it could. Like the witches in the Scottish Play, I show one such player in this Episode 115: With This Pin I Stitch Some Dumb.
info_outline Coffee and Water Everywhere 11/07/2018
Coffee and Water Everywhere It's time to once again let my gums flap without a script to guide them. I've done that before; all I need is sufficient anger. Today I spread my outrage over growing class divisions in this Episode 114: Coffee and Water Everywhere.
info_outline Drab Walls Dance… With Ads 10/23/2018
Drab Walls Dance… With Ads I focus my attention once again on an inflection point, a moment in history when an improvement allowed someone to do something previously impossible. Today's technology is the color poster that, when introduced, made Drab Walls Dance… With Ads.
info_outline Ragged Dick, Right Here 10/09/2018
Ragged Dick, Right Here Ever since I started this podcastic obsession with advertising and its deleterious effects, there’s a question I can never not ask: Why was a certain book published? I ask it here in this conclusion to author and cultural dog whistle Horatio Alger.
info_outline I've Got Your Ragged Dick 09/26/2018
I've Got Your Ragged Dick For too long many have described the poverty-to-power lives of business mucky-mucks as “Horatio Alger stories.” Trouble is, I'm willing to bet that precious few who say that have ever actually read a single one of that man's books. Let's correct that.
info_outline Summer Vacation Homework 07/17/2018
Summer Vacation Homework For reasons too mundane to explain, I've got a short episode this time, one with three pleas for listener participation. Give a listen. I think at least a few listeners might be interested in the topics, and be willing to contribute.
info_outline Show Me The Incentives 07/03/2018
Show Me The Incentives A simple question too often sends my brain into overdrive. That's what happened here, when I confronted the ugly realities of how money warps elections, creating a hot mess that shares too many similarities to our nation's agricultural system.
info_outline Rave Review: The Hucksters 06/19/2018
Rave Review: The Hucksters It turns out there are books and movies out there that cast a critical eye on advertising; but these entertainments are seldom if ever seen or heard today anywhere that relies on advertising dollars to keep the lights on. Let me share one.
info_outline The Boob's Halo & Halo's Boob 06/05/2018
The Boob's Halo & Halo's Boob Ever wonder why "soap operas"—today's daytime serial dramas—are sponsored by a variety of products, not just soaps? It turns out that that wasn't always the case. In the past, one sponsor paid for an entire, individual program. Here, I give an example.
info_outline The Mundane and The Sublime 05/23/2018
The Mundane and The Sublime Dualistic language is a problem, especially where opinions are not held lightly but rather mustered, gripped and spewed into the opinion blusterscape. By seeking less divisive terms of description, we take the first step toward gradualism and nuance.
info_outline So Many Layers of Fail 03/28/2018
So Many Layers of Fail Sadly, in my last episode, I had to gloss over many details involving Zuckerberg's company that I would have loved to launch and rhetorically blast out of the sky. Consider this a follow-through, a far-from-final blast of rhetoric toward the Effin' Bees.
info_outline Cranky Jack Hammers 02/28/2018
Cranky Jack Hammers People are entitled to their opinions. They are not entitled to spouting their opinions unchallenged when those opinions perhaps deliberately ignore crucial bits of history that, if better known, might greatly undermine the importance of those opinions.
info_outline A Zillion Ringy Dingies 01/24/2018
A Zillion Ringy Dingies Though it has long been a presence in our homes, the telephone has of late morphed into an infernal device that has driven many to simply do cut land lines altogether just to have peace and quiet reign uninterrupted by unwanted telemarketing intrusions.