There Is No Cat

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Saturday, February 8, 2003

And you thought billboards on the highway were bad?

It's not enough any more to wear a logo on your t-shirt or maybe on a baseball cap. An ad agency in the UK is paying students to wear advertisements on their foreheads.

I don't think I can even bring myself to add my usual rant about the soul-destroying capabilities of the ubiquity of advertising.

Posted at 3:37 AM

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What's worse -- a corporate behemoth paying regular people to advertise their products, or regular people paying another regular person to advertise their stuff?

Chris Pirillo's chest-ads (www.chris.pirillo.com) seem to be meeting with some success...

Posted by Jenny at 2:05 AM, February 9, 2003 [Link]

I couldn't find anything about chest-ads on Chris' site, but it seems clear to me that he's not quite a regular person. :-)

Well, what I mean by that is that he's clearly making an attempt to brand himself (Chris Pirillo, Windows Geek and source of interesting information), so his buying ads, which serve to promote his presence in the marketplace as a computing pundit, have a purpose much closer to what a business does when it advertises than, say, I would by buying ads on people's foreheads to advertise There Is No Cat, the only purpose of which would be something akin to performance art.

Posted by ralph at 8:00 AM, February 9, 2003 [Link]

Check out www.rentmychest.com/

Posted by Jenny at 11:01 AM, February 9, 2003 [Link]

Heh, that's pretty funny.

I thought you meant that Chris was *buying* ads. Now that I see that he's selling ad space, I *really* think it's performance art. :-)

Posted by ralph at 5:08 AM, February 10, 2003 [Link]

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