Remember when Adbusters was funny instead of just shrill?

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19 Responses:

  1. mcity says:

    I'm surprised they didn't manage to get "consumerism" in there somewhere.

    • mysterc says:

      As an individual born under the astrological sign taurus, I take offense to the usage of my spirit animal being used in a negative manner.

  2. strspn says:

    This one was good. It taught me to talk to people that I otherwise might not.

    • nidea says:

      That was really sweet! Thanks for the link.

    • rsdio says:

      Wow. Adbusters displays as an entirely blank page if you look at it with Safari without Flash installed.

      Mommy, is that a "culture jam?"

      • blasdelf says:

        Has nothing to do with having no plugin for the mime type, keep your fanboy in your pants.

        All the magazine content pages are blank in all WebKit browsers due to an unescaped < in some bullshit javascript in the <head>

        • rsdio says:

          Works in Chrome. I assumed it was because Flash wasn't installed.

          I don't get the insult. It's presence, or it's meaning. Any reason why you pull a punch on me for no apparent reason?

          • blasdelf says:

            A bunch of the Mac fanboys have been obsessing for the last week over the idea of not having any flash plugin at all, not even a blocker that registers the mime type. They suddenly care about this after Apple just started shipping new Macs without flash.

            Sorry for taking you for one of them.

            PS: "pulling a punch" means something else.

            • kensey says:

              I remember when the only helper apps you got were the basic video and audio players in the OS. So the Mac fanboys are what, upset that they have to actually go download Flash? Or are they now claiming that Flash is obviously sick and wrong and that Apple has always been at war with Adobe? (Not that I disagree entirely on the sick-and-wrong part, but that wasn't always the official line no matter what the revisionist fanboys say.)

              • blasdelf says:

                It's the latter - they're taking the new Macbook Air's default setup as an order from Jobs himself to remove the Eastasian plugin from their computers.

  3. freontrip says:

    That's right, kids: buying anything, no matter how heartfelt, small, meaningful, or useful for increasing your productivity, is inherently evil. Everyone should live in stark, Spartan homes with primer on the walls and concrete floors, walk everywhere they need to go, and eat buckwheat husks and soybeans.

    Look, I'm as stridently against rampant consumerism as anyone, but jwz knocked this out of the park. No one who isn't aware of the negative impact of consumerism will be swayed by this argument. This is soothing balm to people who have lived in the bubble; for everyone else, it's just reductivist and offensive.

    • postmaudlin says:

      I don't know about offensive. Maybe a little insulting, sure. But I think calling it "soothing balm" isn't quite apt -- even in the bubble, the message is unceasingly the other way around. But then, I'm probably just shrill. ;)

    • elusis says:

      buying anything, no matter how heartfelt, small, meaningful, or useful for increasing your productivity, is inherently evil. Everyone should live in stark, Spartan homes with primer on the walls and concrete floors, walk everywhere they need to go, and eat buckwheat husks and soybeans.

      And don't forget: all those employed in retail deserve to be on the (non-existent) breadlines.

    • xenogram says:

      That's right, kids: buying anything, no matter how heartfelt, small, meaningful, or useful for increasing your productivity, is inherently evil. Everyone should live in stark, Spartan homes with primer on the walls and concrete floors, walk everywhere they need to go, and eat buckwheat husks and soybeans.

      How did you get there from his original entry exactly?

    • rane500 says:

      The cynic and snob in me always wants to suggest that a large portion of the truly shrill "anti-consumers" simply can't afford anything.

      • korgmeister says:

        Sour grapes is a powerful thing.

        I've always been amused by those friends of mine whose bicycles are proudly emblazoned with ONE LESS CAR stickers. Said friends not being able to afford to own a car anyway.

        They are, to put it mildly, a bit hazy on the whole "opportunity cost" thing.

  4. edouardp says:

    Once the advertising schools starting pumping out graduates who grew up on adbusters, then everything starting looking like it, because they were trying to target their peers with the same irony and hipness they loved.

    Where to go then if you were the original? You can actually try to pierce through the forest of imitators and get the actual, core message across. And the image above probably was it all along.

    Or perhaps you're right, they simply aren't funny any more.

    Also, "LUNAPARK"? Huh?