The Prophecy of AT&T

December 7, 2006

Saw some web chatter on the prophetic commercials AT&T made in 1993, predicting various technologies that would become available. While AT&T produced none of them (hah!), they’re still fun to watch. Since I have a steel trap memory and watched too much TV as a kid, I actually remember one or two of the spots. I would also like to point out that some of the features in Total Recall have been realized; let’s hope that none of the ones from Minority Report do the same.


Mad World

November 20, 2006

Chicago’s main alternative rock station has been bombarded with requests for the song “Mad World”, a remix of the Tears For Fears song featured in the commercial for X-Box 360’s Gears of War. The song was certainly an interesting choice for a war game, and I’m curious why the song had such a strong connection with viewers.

A Wolf in Penguin’s Clothing?

November 16, 2006

I have to disagree with the stellar KC folk over at American Copywriter on their recent dismay at the tie-in Happy Feet has with the Flu Facts website. Sure, it might seem a bit too much to partner with Roche on a site promoting flu shots for kids. But I don’t think encouraging flu shots is a bad thing, and I think this is a wisely placed media target.


November 1, 2006


As The Economist noted in an article on Chicago earlier this year, the city’s growth is attributed to increased Hispanic immigration. AT&T’s ubiquitous deathstar ad campaign is one of many out-of-home spots featured in Spanish.

A Beautiful Mind

October 25, 2006

Interesting NY Times read on an artist who painted self-portraits following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 1995. Beautiful, fascinating and sad.