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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 19, 2011 Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps
QUOTE: Abercrombie & Fitch came under fire this spring for introducing the "Ashley," a push-up bra for girls who normally are too young to have anything to push up… It's easy to blast companies for introducing the sexy wear, but our ire really should be directed at the parents who think low rise jeans for a second grader is cute.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 14, 2010 Should Google Be Able To Prioritize Its Own Content In Search Results? Don't Users Want Google Results If They're Using Google?
QUOTE: Does Google have the right to place its own content over others' content in its search results?...There has been a great deal of discussion around this in the media recently, and a great deal of complaining from other brands who feel this is anti-competitive, and that Google should be driving traffic to their sites, rather than Google giving the user the content themselves.
WebProNews May 21, 2010 Social networks may be sharing your info with advertisers
QUOTE: several social networking sites are sharing, with advertisers, information that can be used to identify individuals....In the case of social networking sites, the information on the last page viewed often reveals user names or profile ID numbers that could potentially be used to look up the individuals.
InfoWorld Apr 21, 2010 Nike’s Women Problem (Opinionator)
QUOTE: Is there anything creepier than a big, beer-breathed celebrity athlete exposing himself in a night club and hitting on underage girls, all the while protected by an entourage of off-duty cops? Well, yes. It’s the big, corporate sponsor — Nike, in this case — that continues trying to sell product with the creep as their role model.
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 Apple Wouldn’t Risk Its Cool Over a Gimmick, Would It? (Digital Domain)
QUOTE: ...Apple is seeking a patent for technology that displays advertising on almost anything that has a screen of some kind: computers, phones, televisions, media players, game devices and other consumer electronics.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 File-hosting site up in arms over Firefox plug-in
QUOTE: One of the latest incidents in the ongoing battle over advertising involves file-hosting sites, which support the service by showing ads to users as they download files. One of these sites, MediaFire, is bothered by a Firefox plugin called SkipScreen which automates the user straight past the ads.
Ars Technica Aug 29, 2009 Social Networks Leaking Users Data To Tracking Sites: Browsing profile linked to unique identifier
QUOTE: Many popular social networking sites typically make personal information available to companies that track users' browsing habits...
WebProNews Jul 07, 2009 When advertising meets surveillance (IInnovation)
QUOTE: With electronic billboards, processing power, cameras and other sensors becoming ever cheaper, it's become possible to manufacture products that allow web-like targeting in the real world.
New Scientist Sep 30, 2008 Privacy 2.0: No Privacy at All
QUOTE: Google's limiting the length of time it keeps records on people? Big deal. Why the public puts up with any tracking whatsoever is a mystery to me.
PC Magazine May 08, 2008 Mural Tests Vermont Law That Forbids Billboards
QUOTE: In February, a state board ruled that the painting, finished in October, runs afoul of the state’s billboard law, and must be removed. In response, the legislature passed a measure on Saturday that exempts this mural and ones like it — hand-painted signs that urge drivers to visit a designated downtown — from the law.
New York Times Mar 13, 2008 Advertising: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
QUOTE: The coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, several pediatricians and Parents for Ethical Marketing, is asking the hospital to reconsider the decision made in June 2006 to accept the donation [from Abercrombie & Fitch}...“It is troubling that a children’s hospital would name its emergency room after a company that routinely relies on highly sexualized marketing to target teens and preteens,” the members of the coalition wrote...
New York Times Mar 10, 2008 Advertising Sent To Cellphones Opens New Front In War on Spam
QUOTE: Text messages are the latest tool for advertisers and scammers to target consumers. But unlike junk e-mail that can be deleted with the click of a button, text-message spam costs money for the person who receives it and chips away at the mobile phone's aura of privacy.
Washington Post Mar 10, 2008 To Aim Ads, Web Is Keeping Closer Eye on You
QUOTE: Consumers have not complained to any great extent about data collection online. But privacy experts say that is because the collection is invisible to them...“When you start to get into the details, it’s scarier than you might suspect,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy rights group. “We’re recording preferences, hopes, worries and fears.”
New York Times Mar 01, 2008 A Town and a Baptist Pastor Vie Over ‘Eternity’
QUOTE: The battle between the city and the church appears to come down to two essential issues: is the message of eternity a commercial one, and is the roof sign a nuisance so grand that the government must intervene?
New York Times Feb 27, 2008 Campaign 'robocalls' catch Congress's ear: A bipartisan bill, introduced Tuesday, would keep Americans from being flooded with automated political phone calls.
QUOTE: First Amendment protections of political speech prevent a complete ban on such calls, say constitutional specialists. But [a measure] governing such practices – which forces a caller at least to give a name and phone number so that recipients can file complaints – is a reasonable compromise.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 06, 2008 An Ad With Talking Pandas, Maybe, but Not With Chinese Accents
QUOTE: THE sponsor of two commercials during Super Bowl XLII for Salesgenie.com...drew complaints from viewers because of the characters’ ethnic accents...Ethnic images have long been mainstays on Madison Avenue, but have lost favor under increasing scrutiny to see if they give offense, intentional or not.
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 States try to pull plug on 'robo-calls'
QUOTE: Few states have enforced their robo-call laws [which range from banning automated calls to limiting times when they occur], partly out of fear that they violate free speech protections.
USA TODAY Nov 30, 2007 Some stunned by Taser's 'Playboy' police fundraiser
QUOTE: The tournament, scheduled Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort, is being promoted as "Beauty and the Bet." One of the nation's largest law-enforcement survivors groups said the event threatens to "sully" the goal of honoring the memory of fallen officers.
USA TODAY Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media
QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.
New York Times Sep 11, 2007 A Genetic Test That Very Few Need, Marketed to the Masses
QUOTE: Critics say that advertising such a complex screening test to the general population might create unnecessary anxiety among women and lead to overuse of the test, which costs $3,120.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Neighbors hope to pull plug on digital billboards
QUOTE: Digital billboards are the latest trend in outdoor advertising, say billboard companies. They are taking hold in cities across the country, even as sign companies, federal regulators and opponents debate the legal status of the technology that makes them possible.
USA TODAY Jul 24, 2007 Herpes Awareness Project Divides Health Officials: Drugmaker's Campaign Targets Blacks
QUOTE: The ad is part of a campaign by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to educate blacks about genital herpes .... [But] Some experts worry that the campaign may lead to widespread testing and large-scale treatment of people who do not have symptoms...
Washington Post Jul 03, 2007 Yahoo Unveils Personalized Ads: Competition on Web Grows
QUOTE: Yahoo yesterday launched a system to let marketers tailor advertising content to individual users...Behavioral targeting has been the focus for the Internet giants .... Privacy advocates are wary of such systems.
Washington Post Jun 18, 2007 Pigs With Cellphones, but No Condoms
QUOTE: Representatives for both Fox and CBS confirmed that they had refused the [Trojan] ads ....“It’s so hypocritical for any network in this culture to go all puritanical on the subject of condom use when their programming is so salacious,” said Mark Crispin Miller, a media critic who teaches at New York University.
New York Times May 18, 2007 Online Ad Legislation: Too Much or Not Enough?
QUOTE: Are current regulations adequate to protect consumer interests online while permitting informative, effective campaigns? The question ranges far beyond just children's interests. Consider alcohol, tobacco, drugs, automobiles, gambling, adult entertainment, finances, housing, and employment. All these sectors are subject to regulations governing how they can advertise products and services. The Web brings special considerations into the equation.
Clickz.com May 12, 2007 Google may use games to analyse net users: Players' behaviour could be used by advertisers: Tracking idea disturbs privacy campaigners
QUOTE: Internet giant Google has drawn up plans to compile psychological profiles of millions of web users by covertly monitoring the way they play online games. The company thinks it can glean information about an individual's preferences and personality type by tracking their online behaviour, which could then be sold to advertisers.
Guardian Unlimited May 12, 2007 Online Ads vs. Privacy
QUOTE: For advertisers, and in many ways for consumers, online advertising is a blessing. Customized messages rescue advertisers from the broad reach of traditional media. And consumers can learn about products and services that appeal directly to them. But there are huge costs, and many dangers...To approach individuals with customized advertising, you have to know who they are. Or at least, you have to gather enough personal information about them that their identity could be easily figured out.
New York Times Apr 25, 2007 Should Game Ads Be Censored?: It's not just mature rated games that are being targeted by concerned parties such as the Parents Television Council. It's their advertising, too
QUOTE: It shouldn't come as a surprise then that commercials have become the latest target by those looking to keep mature rated titles out of the hands of children. After all, if children never hear about these "M" rated titles, they're obviously not going purchase them. Certain organizations have taken these thoughts to heart, and have tried to have ads for "M" rated banned from public transit systems.
BusinessWeek Apr 23, 2007 The Sell-Phone Revolution: Stay tuned for a message from your cell phone, which seems to know an awful lot about you
QUOTE: Advertising is about to get very personal. Marketers are taking tools that they already use to track your Internet surfing and are preparing to combine that information with cell-phone customer data that include not just the area where you live but also the street you're standing on. The aim is to target the exact person who is most likely to buy a product at the precise moment they're most likely to buy it. It's the ad industry's dream come true: a perfect personalized pitch. For privacy advocates, though, this combination of behavioral and geographic targeting is an Orwellian nightmare
BusinessWeek Apr 23, 2007 In Dallas, Commercial Radio Without Commercials
QUOTE: As of today, KZPS in Dallas — on the dial at 92.5 FM or online at lonestar925.com — will no longer run traditional 30- or 60-second advertisements. Instead, advertisers sponsor an hour of programming, during which a D.J. will promote its product conversationally in what the company calls integration.
New York Times Mar 24, 2007 FTC Says It Can't Protect Mortgage-Seekers From 'Trigger Lists'
QUOTE: [credit bureaus] know you're interested in getting a mortgage, and they know that lenders will pay plenty -- thousands of dollars a month in some cases -- to find out. Critics argue that trigger lists open the door to bait-and-switch schemes, where lenders dangle falsely discounted rates to pull in unsuspecting customers who have just applied to local brokers and have received higher quotes.
Washington Post Dec 20, 2006 In Miss USA drama, comeuppance for US 'raunch culture': The story reflects a clash between the pageant's wholesome image and a US society that glamorizes bad behavior.
QUOTE: When young women get caught acting out in inappropriate ways, as Conner did, they are in fact reflecting the culture, Ms. Levy said Tuesday in a phone interview. "We tend to vilify individuals and act like they're the cause of this when, in fact, they're a symptom," says Levy.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 27, 2006 The Year Of Playing Dirtier: Negative Ads Get Positively Surreal
QUOTE: On the brink of what could be a power-shifting election, it is kitchen-sink time: Desperate candidates are throwing everything. While negative campaigning is a tradition in American politics, this year's version in many races has an eccentric shade, filled with allegations of moral bankruptcy and sexual perversion.
Washington Post Oct 25, 2006 The Pickup Ad That's Carrying Lots of Baggage
QUOTE: Lemack says that when she first heard about the commercial, "the the first thing that ran through my mind was 'Why would Mom's murder be used to sell trucks?'...Attempts to cash in on King's image have proven controversial before.
Washington Post Sep 14, 2006 Spam canned: FTC busts four operations: Sleazy pitches ran afoul of CAN-SPAM rules
QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shut down four illegal e-mail spamming operations, including one that offered the opportunity to "date lonely wives," the agency said Thursday.
Computerworld Aug 01, 2006 An Image Popular in Films Raises Some Eyebrows in Ads
QUOTE: despite the popularity of such characters among blacks, the use of the image of big black women as the target of so many jokes is troublesome to some marketers and media scholars.
New York Times Jun 04, 2006 The Next Niche: School Bus Ads: Mass. Firm's Radio Program Promises Sales With Safer Ride
QUOTE: "They are using traditional media to reach kids in an environment that up to now has been pretty noncommercial." And that...could make the concept controversial, especially at a time when a growing number of health professionals and government officials are calling for restrictions on marketing products--particularly junk food--to children.
Washington Post May 17, 2006 MPAA Rates Poster an F: Documentary Ad's Image of Guantanamo Prisoner Abuse Deemed Inappropriate
QUOTE: The Motion Picture Association of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..."The reason given was that the burlap bag over the guy's head was depicting torture, which wasn't appropriate for children to see,"
Washington Post May 10, 2006 Ad Shatters A TV Taboo Head-On: Jetta Commercials Show Real People in Real Crashes To Sell Viewers on Safety
QUOTE: Jetta's safety record isn't particularly special...about 90 percent of the passenger cars tested by NHTSA receive either four- or five-star ratings. Those distinctions might be lost on VW's target audience...
Washington Post Mar 29, 2006 Advertising: Critics Say Beer Spots Exploit Loopholes
QUOTE: Several consumer groups say that the voluntary standards set up by the Beer Institute, an industry trade group, are little more than a public relations ploy and do not go far enough in trying to cut down on beer ads seen by people under 21.
New York Times Feb 27, 2006 The Sleep Racket: Who's Making Big Bucks Off Your Insomnia?
QUOTE: Sleep is also the new snake oil--the promise of a good snooze from a book or a bed or a bottle. It’s easy pickings. Who isn’t somewhat slumber-deprived?
Forbes Nov 27, 2005 Talking Back To the Junk Fax
QUOTE: ...here are some solutions for desperate fax machine owners who are sick and tired of screeching junk-fax transmissions in the middle of the night, junk faxes bogarting their machines during work hours, and junk faxes using their printer ink and paper...
Washington Post May 24, 2005 Critics take aim at 'Star Wars' meals: Report: Group wants Burger King to pull movie-themed children's meals due to film's PG-13 rating.
QUOTE: ...Dove Foundation is urging Burger King to pull the "Star Wars"-themed Kids Meals from its restaurants because the film is not appropriate for the meals' target market of children ages 4 to 9.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 27, 2005 Doctors Influenced By Mention Of Drug Ads: Offbeat Study Finds Familiar Brand Name Can Evoke Diagnosis
QUOTE: Most who did not report symptoms of depression were not given medications, but when they asked for Paxil, 55 percent were given prescriptions, and 50 percent received diagnoses of depression. The study adds fuel to the growing controversy over the estimated $4 billion a year the drug industry spends on such advertising.
Washington Post Apr 10, 2005 Our Ratings, Ourselves
QUOTE: Change the way you count, for instance, and you can change where the advertising dollars go, which in turn determines what shows are made and what shows then are renewed. Change the way you count, and potentially you change the comparative value of entire genres (news versus sports, dramas versus comedies) as well as entire demographic segments (young versus old, men versus women, Hispanic versus black).
New York Times Aug 25, 2004 Cutting in line for organ transplants: Texas man's efforts to get liver undermine system
QUOTE: One might argue that the system worked and a young man’s life was saved. Except that in this case, the system did not work — the fact that Krampitz received a liver is unethical because he got his by cutting in line.
MSNBC Aug 04, 2004 Art? Smut? Commerce? Billboard Gets Attention
QUOTE: ...a looming image that shows a woman performing oral sex for a man. Ad for a strip club? Unh-unh. The billboard is for a movie...
New York Times Aug 04, 2004 What, Me Register?
QUOTE: There's no law that says we have to tell them the truth about ourselves, and news is news: I can get it from any number of sources on the Net. But I'm tired of living a lie every time I log on to one of these sites...
Wired Apr 25, 2004 Volatile Photos Stir Partisan Charge: Democrat Claims Double Standard on Images of Remains
QUOTE: ...President Bush's aides had applied a double standard by using flag-draped remains in a campaign commercial and then suppressing photos of military caskets returning from Iraq.
Washington Post Feb 18, 2004 Covering Carlie: A News Director's Perspective
QUOTE: Some critics believe the media exploited Carlie Brucia. We ran the video of her kidnapping morning, noon, and night, well past the point of good taste and sensitivity.
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