There are a handful of TV ads that have caught my eye recently -- a couple of them very good, and a couple that bothers that I think are...well, less so. I figure that I'll start today with the good ones.
Of these good ones, you probably know the first since it's been playing a lot. The other though could have slipped through the cracks.
I think the first for two reasons -- one is that I've always liked the song by the Vogues, though that's not a substantive reason for liking the ad. That's because I think it makes an absolutely great social point, and does so in a very subtle and very funny -- and impactful -- way.
The other is an ad for YouTube. (I'm not quite sure why YouTube is advertising, but it's hardly a bad idea for any company.) I don't think it's been seen all that much -- the only place it's touched down for me is during the baseball post-season playoffs. And given the subject matter of the ad, that might be the only place that they've bought air-time for it. So, if you've missed it, I think you might appreciate how charming and evocative and whimsical it is.
If you can avoid reading the description of the ad on the embedded video below, do try to avert your eyes before clicking on the thing. It's not a big deal if you do happen to read it, but it gives away someone that makes the ad a bit more fun to discover as it plays out. But you learn that very early on, so it's fine if your eyes wandered...
So, here then is the second ad currently running that I love. I'll post the two others that bug me upcoming soon.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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