Magazine Time Warp: The Ads of 2004

I’ve been digging through and clearing out the stuff I’ve left at my parents house, helping them convert my childhood bedroom into a guest room. I’ve been going through and documenting the things I don’t particularly wish to keep, but wanted to share before they got tossed. Thankfully, between the old notes from middle school, sticker collection, a journal detailing my Hamlet reading from the 11th grade, and mismatched Barbie shoes, a few magazines from the early to mid-2000s survived.

Here are some magazine ads that perfectly sum up the year 2004: Read More Magazine Time Warp: The Ads of 2004

This Week in Human Interest Cuteness

Boy, did I have writer’s block this week! I could not make myself write another thing on the articles I have been working on for a while, so I decided to take a look at some representative dog human-interest stories to see if anything inspired me, and found things that interested me, but not enough for an individual column. I didn’t want to use things from the usual aggregators like HuffPo or The Bark, so I went straight to Google News to see if I could get some timely content. Here are a few of the stories/ads that got my attention, (and a few that friends brought to my attention) and whether they are worth viewing. Read More This Week in Human Interest Cuteness

What Are We Selling Here?: Super Bowl Sunday, Masculinity, and Commercials That Make You Go, “What?”

Super Bowl Sunday is the most watched televised event in the United States, with over 111 million people tuning in each year. It’s considered a de facto national holiday and, after Thanksgiving, is the second largest day of food consumption. The Super Bowl gets people excited. The Super Bowl is good fun. But the Super Bowl is like any sporting event that depends primarily on advertising – it’s targeted at a male demographic. So what does this all exactly mean? Read More What Are We Selling Here?: Super Bowl Sunday, Masculinity, and Commercials That Make You Go, “What?”