Graduate Doubt-Free

The publicity material continues to emphasize the 95% job placement rate of Butler graduates, and so is presumably a pun on what students might consider preferable, namely to graduate debt-free. But when I first glanced the signage, I didn’t see the second part, as it was blocked by a vehicle. As a professor in the [Read More...]

Honest Political Ad

This ad for Gil Fulbright for Senate is very funny and poignant. I’ve been having my students write about how to achieve utopian aims for the final papers in my First Year Seminar course. One student mentioned making politicians more honest, and I immediately thought that that was unrealistic. But the truth is, we could [Read More...]

The Product Placement Bible

A friend drew the Product Placement Bible to my attention. It is an attempt to show what the insertion of advertising looks like when taken too far, by doing so in the Bible. Below are a few that I thought actually kind of worked well. Click through to see more. Yes, I did decide to [Read More...]

Escalating Ad Wars

A site like Patheos depends on advertising. The use of ad-blockers not only places the site’s ongoing existence in jeopardy in the long term, but deprives bloggers of their measly income in the short term as well. I was aware that Patheos was going to try to find a way of delivering one advertisement in a way [Read More...]

Please Do Not Bring Believers To This Movie

David Hayward offers a funny parody of one of the actual official ads for the Left Behind movie. That one claims to speak on behalf of Satan rather than God, however. [Read more...]

College Brochures

Today's Luann comic   [Read more...]

Relief from Noisy Ads

Some of you may have come to this blog and had a noisy ad start playing – probably one for Mucinex and an online drugstore, if your experience was like mine. I think the presence of ads that make noise automatically cheapens web sites and disrupts our enjoyment of them – and it never, ever [Read More...]

Substance and Advertising: Southern Baptists as “Great Commission Baptists”

Various news outlets are reporting that the Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of voting for a name change, and has instead added an additional name to their denomination: “Great Commission Baptists.” The article in the Washington Post says Convention President Bryant Wright and other church leaders are concerned that the Southern Baptist name is too [Read More...]

Appropriate Advertising Win

We all know that the placement of ads on blogs and websites is sometimes at odds with the tenor of the blog/site in question. But yesterday, I noticed quite possibly the most appropriate ad this blog could ever have on it. Do you agree? [Read more...]