The very first parking barrier that doesn’t work with a ticket or chip, but with an alcohol test. You actually have to blow safe for it to open. If you drank too much alcohol the barrier stays closed and you can’t leave the parking lot.
The alcohol barrier made its first appearance at Belgium’s most famous club ‘Carré’, during the weekend of its 22nd anniversary.
Other clubs and organizers of music events will install an alcohol barrier too.
In a recent post on my Ethical Adman blog, I talked about the problem Facebook is having with branded social ads showing up on pages and posts that are misogynistic and violent:
Facebook’s problem with pages that promote rape culture is well known. The social network that has the sensibilities of a stereotyped grannie when it comes to showing certain kinds of nudity in even the most innocent context can’t seem to stop pages that encourage criminal assault and rape.
The issue of brand ads showing up on awful Facebook pages made mainstream news yesterday when it was revealed that Dove — that paragon of pro-women marketing — had one of its ads show up on a page called “Drop kicking sluts in the teeth”.
If Facebook hasn’t taken steps to rectify this advertising problem yet (and, let’s face it, advertising is their whole business) then they may be forced to be a new online movement.
Women, Action & The Media has launched a campaign to put pressure on both Facebook and its advertisers to control “gender-based hate speech” on its pages, the same way they say it does with other hate speech:
Facebook has long allowed content endorsing violence against women. They claim that these pages fall under the “humor” part of their guidelines, or are expressions of “free speech.” But Facebook has proven willing to crack down on other forms of hate speech, including anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and homophobic speech, without claiming such exemptions.
That’s why we’re calling on Facebook to make the only responsible decision and ban gender-based hate speech.
On the surface, it seems like the perfect activist social media stunt. After seven-year-old comments by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, in which he claimed the brand was only suitable for “cool, good-looking” (and thin) people, resurfaced online to great protest, filmmaker Greg Karber decided to mess with the brand.
His big idea? Attack A&F’s elitism by clothing homeless Los Angelenos in the brand:
The upside of this is that people got free clothes. There are, however, some big problems with the approach.
It’s difficult not to develop an internet crush on Kristin Henson. The pixie-ish 26-year-old from Philadelphia has made a name for herself on social media with her YouTube series, “Dirty Signs With Kristin”. In each episode, Ms. Henson teaches viewers a new obscene phrase or term — from “hey, you’re an asshole” to “twat waffle”.
Those are personal decisions in a free market economy. But to be a rational consumer, you need more information than can be found on product packaging. Since large corporations often grow by absorbing smaller brands, often you have no idea where your dollars are ending up.
Los Angeles-based programmer Ivan Pardo would like to change that with a new app, called “Buycott”.
According to Forbes:
You can scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company, including conglomerates like Koch Industries.
Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you’ll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.
Posted by Marc | 14-05-2013 23:00 | Category:
These ads are made for the Canadian Guide Dog Association Mira. But the style is very European. Because of Erik Vervroegen, the creative director at Publicis and well-known of his work for AIDES and Amnesty International.
Of course it’s teamwork but when he is involved something melodramatic or bombastic comes up.
“Guide dogs are vital for the blind. Donate at mira.ca.”
This evening (Eastern Standard Time), Canadian Space Agency astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield will return to Earth after five months orbiting our planet in the International Space Station — eventually serving as commander of the mission. At 53, Commander Hadfield is a veteran astronaut, having been in space previously to work…
Africa For Norway was one of the highlights we wrote about last year. ‘The funniest campaign this year’ I said. Being funny was the strategy Sindre Olav Edland-Gryt explained in the recently recorded TEDx talk in Barcelona. It’s Radi-Aid vs Oh Dear. “By turning the tables the spoof video has…
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