It all started with poor wonderful Fred Astaire being unearthed to schill for a vacuum cleaner. Then it was John Wayne giving his famed growl up from the grave for a few cans of beer. There have been a bunch of others, Steve McQueen, Audrey Hepburn and the King of the Zombies – Orville Redenbacher, in a performance that would have done George Romero (and no one else) proud. The latest addition to this necropolis was a Dr. Martens campaign showing Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, Joey Ramone and Joe Strummer wearing the brand’s boots in Rock & Roll heaven.
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The actual environmental threat is still hot but the celebrity pile-on should be put on the endangered species list.
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Just like journalists book publishers like to ride in a herd. There is a new herd forming and it needs to be put down.
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The fall of Don Imus is a leading indicator of a change in the cultural weather. Although you can argue his was a special case -- a combination of particularly ignorant language targeted on "normal people," not the rich and/or powerful -- it looks more like an extreme moved toward the moderate in the American psyche. If that's so, either he's going to be followed by some other of our leading yappers or they are going to turn their volume way, way down.
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Despite all the initial media buzz and business interest in this virtual social site it really never got a first life.
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What big feel-good marketing tren has passed its sell-by date? Hint: (BLANK), white and blue.)
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The second A in AA stands for Anonymous, unless you're a celeb in need of a brand rehab.
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