Tuesday, September 3, 2002

To Serve and Protect Market Share

Ah, Marketing!.

Flight Attendant: Please prepare for our landing in Tanzania…
I’m sorry, it is now called “New Zanzibar”
Excuse me. It is now called “Pepsi presents New Zanzibar.”
- The Simpsons

Panama City, a Florida town of 9,000 souls, has decided to put ads on their police cars. The mayor said: “We had some concerns over the sponsors. We don’t want to do anything that would make our city a laughingstock.” It’s a little late for that, Your Honor.
All that’s surprising about this latest incursion of commercial propaganda is that, given its relentless logic, it took so long. (More surprising is that the Police Chief’s name is Sam Slay.) [JOHO the Blog]

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