After Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, many reflected on his innovations, and how they changed what the world has come to expect from technology. His intuitive understanding of design and human psychology helped him to create a user-friendly approach to high-tech computing which, in turn, made Apple one of the most popular brands in the world.
Advertising consultant, Cindy Gallop, reacts to the news that Disney has applied to trademark "Seal Team 6," the name of the elite unit that carried out the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. She says she's torn between admiration for how swiftly Disney jumped in combined with "absolute horror at the idea of this" as it is "completely at odds with the way we've been appreciating the activities of Seal Team 6." Does this trademark reduce the seriousness of the brand?
Listeners have responded to the news as well.
Jason Chubb Custer Veith writes on our Facebook wall: So Disney wants to trademark "Seal Team Six." Why not? The way this Country is headed it will not be too long until our entire Government is run by corporations anyway.
The slogans “Yes We Can” and “Change We Can Believe In” transformed then-Senator Barack Obama’s underdog bid for presidency into a frenzied, anti-incumbency movement that launched him to the Oval Office. Fast forward to today, and President Barack Obama has officially begun his re-election bid, though the word “change” is probably the last one he wants to hear.
We often hear debates about whether porn exploits women in the industry or plants seeds of immorality in the children who so easily access it online. But Cindy Gallop is more concerned with another question: What does porn do to both men and women – in terms of how they think about intimacy? Cindy is the creator of the website “Make Love Not Porn" and the author of “Make Love, Not Porn: Technology's Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior.”
The rainbow and the rainbow flag have represented LGBT issues and gay rights since the 1970s. But now a group is saying it wants that to stop. The leader of a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has asked opponents of marriage equality to reclaim the symbol from "the gay lobby," saying that the rainbow is "a sign of God's covenant with man." But can anyone really take ownership of a group of colors?
Smokers going to buy a pack of cigarettes will soon be greeted with a warning label containing graphic images of dead bodies, blackened organs and women crying. As of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration will require cigarette packs and ads to show more detailed images of the consequences of smoking, and 36 images (pdf) (some of them fairly graphic) have been approved. But how effective will this approach be in preventing smokers from lighting up?
In the wake of Arizona's new immigration law, the state is facing a growing public relations problem, and big potential losses in tourism and other forms of revenue. Everyone from convention-goers to bands on tour are avoiding the state, and the city of Phoenix predicts a loss of $90 million over the next five years because of these cancellations. We want to know from you: If you were to rebrand YOUR state, what slogan would you come up with? Tell us in six words or fewer.