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Graffiti ads spark debate in US

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Zack Morris, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    Graffiti ads spark debate in US

    A graffiti advertising campaign for Sony Playstation portable games has triggered a controversy in the US.

    Wordless displays showing cartoon characters interacting with the game have popped up in cities from New York to San Francisco.

    But a Philadelphia watchdog says the stealth marketing violates a regulation process in the city, while others have criticised its visual appeal.

    A Sony spokeswoman said its "portable product" was aimed at "urban nomads".


    They're just trying to get into the teenagers' minds
    Eddie Torres
    Philadelphia resident

    Molly Smith told Wired News internet news site earlier this month that Sony was hiring artists in seven cities to spray-paint the pre-drawn designs.

    But in San Francisco, the ads were defaced as it became known that Sony was behind them. "Fony" was written on one.

    And in Philadelphia, an official has now faxed a letter to Sony urging the company to cease the ad campaign.

    "This really flies in the face of everything we've been trying to do with our anti-blight initiative," Pedro Ramos said, referring to a campaign against illegal or inappropriate billboards in the city.

    However, the ads have also drawn praise.

    A Philadelphia resident told the Associated Press the concept was "sharp".

    "It's all about hip-hop, urban and all that. They're just trying to get into the teenagers' minds," Eddie Torres said.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4567236.stm
     
  2. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    I think someone else already posted this with pics...but it was getting hated on pretty badly.

    I have a love/hate relationship with advertising.
     
  3. dumy

    dumy Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 5,056 Likes Received: 0
    that shit is actually really corny and in my city the shit gets gone through..
     
  4. Harvey Wallbanger

    Harvey Wallbanger Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 13, 2004 Messages: 8,567 Likes Received: 400
    I know what you mean, SteveAustin...it's like the ads that are designed to appeal to me most, by using music/ images/ themes that I can identify with, wind up pissing me off by exploiting these things.

    And yeah, those Sony ads are wack. PSP is toy.
     
  5. JesusMachine

    JesusMachine Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 3, 2002 Messages: 4,499 Likes Received: 202
    who cares. it's only a fucking ad!
     
  6. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 9
    PSP hit my blackbook at last year's Scribble dood!
     
  7. HESHIANDET

    HESHIANDET Guest

    i hate advertising on so many levels.
     
  8. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40
    Graffiti is such a real problem.
    It's so real that we'll now even bitch about ads that vaguely resemble real graffiti.
    Graffiti is whats really to blame for everything.
    Broken windows.
    Real real real.... real.
    Real.
     
  9. shape1369

    shape1369 Member

    Joined: Apr 27, 2003 Messages: 557 Likes Received: 1
    ^haha. broken windows theory.... o man, thats the first time ive heard someone on this board ever mention that.
     
  10. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,080 Likes Received: 56
    The broken window theory is real, I agree.
     
  11. Getzup

    Getzup Member

    Joined: Dec 28, 2005 Messages: 681 Likes Received: 0
    WHAT IS THIS "BROKEN WINDOW THEORY" THAT YOU SPEAK OF?
     
  12. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    Don't we have more important things to worry about?

    Graff is just the messenger. People seem to want to forget that.
     
  13. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,080 Likes Received: 56
    If you see a building with a broken window, and it's abandoned, it's ok to break any other windows that aren't broken.

    Sometimes, this can hold true for places that aren't abandoned, and this general idea can be applied to many

    aspects of life...
     
  14. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    nope. this is the pinnacle of worries.


    hell...graf isn't even the messenger...its the medium. all hates direted towards sony and their crack think-tank ad agency.
     
  15. I.C.Shadow

    I.C.Shadow Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 9, 2004 Messages: 1,190 Likes Received: 1
    The PSP is WHACK. I gave mine to my brother for xmas cause I never ever ever use it =p Didn't cope do shit for TIME Mag? I know _______ in boston did a thing for M&M candy on the mass pike. Dunno, I don't really feel the graff ads =p
     
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