Is advertising whorish and trashy?

25 Aug

My old buddy Alex Ionides in Germany sent me this trailer for the new advertising documentary, Art & Copy. Haven’t seen the film, but a couple of things become apparent on viewing the trailer.

One is that the filmmaker evidently doesn’t see advertising as a young person’s game. Every talking head here, but one, is over 55 – the legends of the business. The ads they show are invariably the industry standards: the old DDB Volkswagen print stuff, the Apple 1984 TV spot, some vintage 50’s magazine spreads. An iPod clip thrown in to keep the kids interested.

The other thing I noticed is that a lot of ad people seem to relish the reputation of our industry: “whorish”, “the devil’s workshop”, “trashy” – just some of the terms of endearment thrown about in this trailer.

Personally, and no offence Alex, I’d rather catch back-to-back episodes of Mad Men. Now that’s my kind of whorish trash.

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2 Responses to “Is advertising whorish and trashy?”

  1. Z August 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    This film was screened on Sundance film festival last year. From what I’ve heard about this movie, it has pretty favorable view on advertising. It portrays the profound effects that advertising and creativity have on modern culture. It was endorsed by Robert Redford.

    Art and Copy played last month in the Orange County Museum of Art in documentary film series that spotlights works of independent filmmakers. I wasn’t able to go and see it, so I couldn’t judge its worthiness.
    I’ll take your advice Doug and see Mad Men episodes first. The difference between the Mad Men and Ad Men is just one letter anyway:)

  2. dougbrowncreative August 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for the detail on that Z. Things reach Victoria generally two years after they hit LA!

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