Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Businesses often use sex to sell their products

I did a gallery of banned print ad for Asylum which came out pretty well. One of the things I discovered as a result of my research is that ads in the United States are far less racy than those in the rest of the English speaking world. Which is interesting because the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada all have centralized organizations which regulate ads, and the United States doesn't.

So in America it is up to the corporate gatekeepers to keep things clean. And, from what I could gather, they seem to do a pretty thorough job of this. Elsewhere in the Anglosphere magazines, newspapers and billboard companies are more likely to run an ad that could be controversial or offensive, leaving it up to the regulatory body to ultimately decide. Which leads to more banned ads, but also a lot more skin and suggestiveness.

Also, one of my old friends just started a blog documenting his life and times as a newly unemployed Wall Streeter. Check it out.

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