Posts Tagged ‘smarm’

T-Mobile 4G Ad Campaign Gives Us Smarmy, Smarmier, and Smarmiest

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Let me tell you kids about back in the day. [JetFire mode = ON] Well, back in the day, back in the early aughts, round about year 2000 on up, you could get cell phone service for $10 a month – all you had to do was to ring up Sprint and say how you wanted to quit on them and then it was Name Your Price Time with the Sprint Retention Department. Good times.

And your cell phone, it worked everywhere. But now, they give you a smart phone what hooks up to the 4G all over except at home and at work. (Thank Gaia you can teach it to hook up to local WiFi seamlessly.)

All right, here’s the payoff – here’s smarmy and smarmier:

And here’s smarmiest:

Anyway, I don’t know if all your ducks are in a row the way you seem to think they are, T Mobile. Oh well.

Who knows what the future will bring….

Harvard Law Review Pwns Federal Trade Commission’s New Blogger Guidelines

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The Harvard Law Review has just said, “How About No” to the FTC’s overbroad blogger guidelines. Check it:

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revised their Endorsement and Testimonial Guides (Guides) to cover “consumer generated media” such as blogs and other internet media forms. In the interest of providing consumers with full disclosure, the Guides require bloggers to disclose any “material connection[s]” they have with producers of any products that they “endorse” on their blogs. A “material connection” includes not only monetary compensation, but also any free good received by the blogger — even if that good was provided unsolicited, with no conditions attached, for the purpose of allowing the blogger to review the product.

Yet a constitutional analysis of unpaid blogger endorsements shows that such endorsements are not commercial speech — which receives reduced constitutional protection — but rather noncommercial speech entitled to full First Amendment protection. Not only do the Guides burden bloggers’ protected speech, they also create an unfair double standard by exempting legacy media from the Guides’ disclosure requirements. Therefore, the Guides should be ruled unconstitutional as applied to bloggers.

O.K. then.

Wonder when they’ll take down these smarmy videos