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Some things just can’t be said on TV. The Age writes:

Australia’s commercial TV networks have banned an advertisement that criticises the anti-Labor coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers.

Channels Seven and Ten refused to air the ad commissioned by GetUp, while Nine screened it over four days in Brisbane – then cancelled it after blaming a “coding error”.

GetUp says it will report all three networks to the competition watchdog for alleged “misuse of market power”. The group has accused the broadcasters of censorship to avoid displeasing Murdoch and his company, News Corp. It intends to lodge a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, claiming the networks have breached rules by refusing to supply their services.


An eerie and fascinating commercial of the moment from European banking and mortgage giant Santander acknowledges how corporate messages have become a deluge pervading our lives. There is no resistance. Via Potlatch:

It is one of the most unsettling pieces of film that I’ve ever seen, reducing advertising to a set of blank and bland facts, to be recited out of the mouths of an apparently arbitrary collection of sports stars. What are the celebrities doing in other people’s houses?

The ordinary people, trying to go about their days in peace and privacy, exude a sad resignation that capitalism now drops (real? hallucinatory?) celebrities into their bathrooms and kitchens, to talk at them uninvited. Is this a warning of some kind?


The Denmark-based multinational Danske Bank is one of the world’s largest, with assets worth about $600 billion. Its new marketing campaign, fascinating in much the same fashion as a train wreck, is based around the slogans “Occupy” and “A New Normal”:

The strategy is intended to restore trust in the Bank and ensure that we live up to our new vision of being “Recognised as the most trusted financial partner.” In order to reach that objective, we must set new standards for banking operations.





This coming fall, Colorado residents will vote on whether to legalize possession and cultivation of marijuana statewide, via the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is running a series of television ads urging legalization — their first spot, in honor of Mother’s Day, encourages young adults to let their parents know that they prefer pot:



What’s good about legalizing marijuana? NOTHING.

Opponents of California’s Proposition 19 ballot measure are buying television and radio ad time by the bundle to alert voters to the horrors of marijuana decriminalization. In this commercial punctuated by chilling, chunging jungle drums, we learn that legalizing weed will lead to highways swarming with teens practicing “drugged driving” and the takeover of our land by “marijuana operatives.” Be sure to vote tomorrow.


As American electoral politics becomes ever more dysfunctional, political television ads grow all the more entertaining. In the year of Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” and Rand Paul’s “Aqua Buddha,” the Christian Science Monitor counts down ten of the most surreal campaign ads. I love this spot from Alabama agriculture commissioner candidate Dale Peterson, the message of which is, if you try to steal one of his yard signs, he will shoot at you.