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July 2, 2013

Looks like you weren’t the only one who thought commercials are still too loud…

  • 15,850 complaints were filed with the FCC last year over excessively loud commercial volume following the introduction of new regulations over such matters last December.
  • zero the total amount in fines levied by the FCC against any offending party(s) up to this point. The FCC says consumer complaints often aren’t specific or consistent enough to constitute reliable analysis of the situation, and that the agency plans to update their complaint form as a result. The kicker? Any potential updates to the form have been delayed indefinitely as a result of the ongoing sequestration. source
14:51 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2013

This Mr. Clean commercial doesn’t appear to draw any parallels at all with the story of Superman.

0:16 // 1 year ago
November 1, 2012

election:

The anti-campaign ad: Richard Tisei, who’s seeking to unseat Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts, knows voters are sick of campaign ads, and would probably much rather watch, say, footage of a beach. So, he released an ad that’s comprised of just that—a beach. There are no references to policies, vote records, or unsavory associations. Just a sunrise, seagulls, and gentle waves lapping at the shore. This reminds us a bit of Mike Gravel’s rock commercial, except Tisei’s is more succinct, has higher production value, and is grounded in reality.

Seth @ ShortFormBlog

In case you haven’t seen, we introduce you to the only campaign ad that matters right now.

1:24 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
We have a joke around here. Pretty soon we’re going to have such long commercial breaks that people are going to tune in and all they’ll hear is: ‘Hello, welcome to News 3. And goodbye.’
Lisa Howfield, general manager of local NBC-afficiliate KSNV - Commenting on the increasingly long, and repetitive, commercial breaks that are beginning to wear thin on many television viewers in/around Las Vegas. The city just set a new record for most political ads in a single year, passing the old record of 73,000, with nearly a month to go before Election Day 2012. In total, 98 ads are currently in circulation on Las Vegas television networks, and are being run more than 10,000 times per week. source
15:52 // 2 years ago
October 12, 2012

Snoop Dogg has adapted his hit “Drop It Like It’s Hot” into a Hot Pocket commercial (“Pocket Like It’s Hot”). As the LA Times accurately notes, the original song’s appeal lies with its “braggadocio and attitude: [Snoop’s] got it goin’ on and isn’t afraid to say so.” source

18:58 // 2 years ago
September 3, 2012

When Obama needs help hosting the DNC, who does he call? Harold and Kumar, duh. Kal Penn, who used to work in the Obama administration and now serves as one of his surrogates, totally makes this commercial one to remember. Because he sounds stoned.

20:09 // 2 years ago
October 8, 2010

That sounds familiar. We can’t quite place it. … it has that “one of the best indie-rock songs of the last decade” sound to it. Wait, did this company totally rip off Fleet Foxes and think that nobody would notice? Bastards. source

13:16 // 4 years ago
October 5, 2010

Holy crap. This commercial singlehandedly made Moleskine cool again. The question, of course, is whether or not we can get our black notebook to eat random sugar off a messy desk. source

23:02 // 4 years ago
October 4, 2010

Conan needs a desk, a gardening hose, and a crapload of water. That’s it. He doesn’t even need Andy Richter anymore. The hose is the new Andy Richter.

19:06 // 4 years ago