Monthly Archives: June 2008

What do our best colleges, Barack Obama, and the AAA have in common?

We all want you to get out of advertising. More or less. This recent NY Times piece, “Big Paycheck or Service? Students Are Put to Test” talks a lot about the financial sector, but the spirit is the same. Just substitute Madison Avenue when they mention Wall Street. Check out the link to see the […]

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In Philly Colt 45 ads are illegal as an unregistered handgun

Philadelphia, famous for it’s murals, has had some new additions to the walls – hand painted illegal ads for Colt 45. The people of Philadelphia have already managed to get Colt 45 Malt Liquor ads off their city buses due to community concerns. Yesterday they beat the murals. Some more than 4 word long excerpts […]

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YouTube: Monetizing Alleged Copyright Violators—And Skirting the Law

My friend Franklin Lopez—videomaker extraordinaire—recently received a bizarre notice in his inbox regarding a show he produced reusing some Universal Music Group (UMG) imagery. The note stated in part, “Your video is still live because UMG has authorized the use of this content on YouTube. As long as UMG has a claim on your video, […]

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4 things you should have done already

Don’t worry, there’s still time. Depending on where you live and who you are any of these may apply… 1. Sign up for Tuesday’s Illegal Billboard Workshop in New York. It’s a rare opportunity to learn about how you can fight illegal signs like the folks at–who have removed over 100 illegal signs in […]

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Autonomous public art workshop, Madrid

I just found this in the documentation of a Autonomous public art workshop, Madrid. Good stuff… An intervention that intelligently targets a certain Achilles’ heel of advertising. As pointed out by culture jamming documenter Dave Gross in his brilliant piece Interrupt pathological, media simulated social interaction, it is by engaging us in a fictional personal […]

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A Little Less Advertising in the World

Our first AAAFFF action was a smashing success! Forgoing the Frisbee for a better-matching RWB football, AAAFFF consultant Sarah Kavage and ED Anne Elizabeth Moore spent sometime getting to know our constituency with a rousing game of catch in front of Leo Burnett in downtown Chicago. (More photos here.)

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Subway HD Screens: Round 4

Posterchild takes Round 4 on the ongoing alteration of the HD screens installed over subway entrances in New York. Stainedglassby posterchild Building on the Pixelator, Posterchild goes a more devout route with a stained glass effect. “Hold Fast Sell Out” was built with 1/2 inch melamine, screwed together and coated with diffusion material – rather […]

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oFFFice hours

The Anti-Advertising Agency Foundation For Freedom’s Temporary World Headquarters is now open and ready for you to come on by! The Foundation For Freedom is thrilled to announce our new temporary world headquarters at 6932 North Glenwood Avenue in Chicago, IL.

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Putting the P.C. in P.W.C.

I’m not sure which is worse, painting yourself in corporate war paint, or choosing Native Americana as the theme of your corporate picnic? Either way Price Waterhouse Coopers is coming out on top! This was the scene at the annual Dragon Boat festival that happened a week ago here on the beaches just outside of […]

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AAA Hong Kong Office

Introducing the first transmission from long-time AAA friend Evan Roth, now in Hong Kong… Mission #1 – Learn how to say “paint roller” in Cantonese and write ‘ANTI’ on the top of that building. Stay tuned for updates!

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Our Regularly Scheduled Programming . . .

Clocking in a bit late to my Anti-Friday work day, ooops, and I’m revisiting an old issue: street artist Fauxreel’s blatantly criminal spring motorscooter ad series in his native Toronto. It’s a modern classic tale: corporate gas-guzzling motor vehicle manufacturer wants to up the street cred with some ads by a jen-yoo-wine member of the […]

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I’m Doing This to Win Your Heart: June 21 Chgo film fest

Join AAAFFF Executive Director Anne Elizabeth Moore and filmmaker Franklin Lopez at the Hideout on the Solstice to watch a charming and hilarious batch of brilliant little anticorporate films*. It’s all designed to bring you, dear reader, back into the fold of independent cultural production. Won’t you join us? It’s just one night. i’m doing […]

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Why You Should Be In New York July 1st

Activists estimate that half the billboards in New York City are illegal. Between fudged permits, lack of enforcement, and millions in profit, outdoor advertising has become a corporate black market that wont flinch at breaking laws to get your attention. On July 1st, the Anti-Advertising Agency and Rami Tabello of will give a free […]

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Hey, NYC Vandal Task Force – Follow the Money!

Arresting 3,786 graffiti writers last year, The Citywide Vandals Task Force is back in the news. The squad of 75 (!) officers has received press before. Even an 8 minute segment on This American Life. I think it’s because journalists love to ask the vandal squad if they think graffiti is art or not. Hacks. […]

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first hand knowledge

A guy came by my desk at Eyebeam the other day and we started talking about the Foundation For Freedom. Coincidentally, he had just quit the advertising industry to start an ecard company called someecards. I came across this today: This kind of insight comes from years of experience. Congratulations man who’s name I can […]

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