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MediaPost Publications Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Trekkie 01/16/2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Trekkie - 01/16/2013

"As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21, it's a good time to remember how television can play a critical role in challenging and changing public opinion. As the journalist Howard K. Smith   said of the television news coverage of the Civil Rights movement in his Archive of American Television interview, “I think even people who were biased on civil rights saw these pictures every night at the dinner hour -- people beating up blacks, siccing dogs onto them -- and they said, ‘This has got to stop! Something must be done.’ I think that television really was a decisive fact. That and the powerful will of Lyndon Johnson to be a success in legislation and the wonderful eloquence of Martin Luther King.”

Not only did TV news bring the country (and the world) face to face with the day-to-day reality of the struggle, but entertainment television also played a subtle, yet important, role. One of my favorite stories in our archive is one that Nichelle Nichols,  famous for her role as Chief Communications Officer Nyota Uhura on “Star Trek,” tells of her moving encounter with Dr. King. (See the full 12-minute interview excerpt here ):.....

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40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages, Starting With the Most Famous One

40 Brand Logos With Hidden Messages, Starting With the Most Famous One | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
You probably already know the story behind the famous FedEx logo and its clever use of negative space. (If you don't, read this.) But of course, it's hardly the only logo with a "hidden message." British plastic card maker Oomph has collected 40 such logos—check them out below.
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▶ The History of Television - YouTube

A history of American Television. If you like our puppet web series, you should be friends with us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/gloveandboots Subscr...
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Urban Outfitters apologizes for Kent State sweatshirt | Toronto Star

Urban Outfitters apologizes for Kent State sweatshirt | Toronto Star | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
The clothing retailer pulled a shirt that appeared to be bloodstained from its online store Monday. It was not the first time the company’s products have courted controversy, but one expert says the uproar is unlikely to hurt the brand.
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Weird Facts About 5 of the World’s Most Famous Logos | Design | WIRED

Weird Facts About 5 of the World’s Most Famous Logos | Design | WIRED | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Sometimes, the most interesting aspect of a logo isn't the graphic itself. It's the story behind it.
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Michelin man used to be a creepy smoking guy, CBS ripped its logo from religious drawings ( well TV kind of is a religious experience for some) and the Great Saul Bass pitch for a new bell logo

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7 Memorable Moments in the Dubious History of Product Placement

7 Memorable Moments in the Dubious History of Product Placement | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Remember when you had to wait until the commercial break to be bombarded with brand marketing? Probably not, since product placement has been a Hollywood addiction since the 1980s. Ever since Steven Spielberg featured Reese's Pieces in 1982's E.T.
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Bulova: world's first television advertisement - YouTube

The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States at 2:29 p.m. on July 1, 1941. NBC affiliate WNBT aired this 10 second spot before a bas...
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10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago

10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, here's how your ancestors handled life's big problems.In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn't long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series. The cards, which continued into the 1940s, are highly valuable now, with the most expensive (bearing the face of stringent anti-smoking baseball player Honus Wagner) selling for $2.8 million in 2007."

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Burger King Resurrects Creepy Subservient Chicken, Minus The Chicken

Burger King Resurrects Creepy Subservient Chicken, Minus The Chicken | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, Burger King launched what is still one of the more bizarre marketing ploys of the Internet era -- the Subservient Chicken, a "webcam" featuring a person in a chicken suit doing the b...
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▶ KIDS REACT TO WALKMANS (Portable Cassette Players) - YouTube

Walkmans BONUS Reactions: http://goo.gl/qSqzcU NEW Vids Sun,Thurs & Sat! Subscribe: http://bit.ly/TheFineBros Watch all episodes of REACT http://goo.gl/4iDVa...
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18 Delightfully Artistic Vintage STD Posters

18 Delightfully Artistic Vintage STD Posters | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Here are a few classic government posters designed to help keep the men and women of America safe.
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"good time" girls....."juke joint sniper" looks like it's all their fault

 

but mercury knocks it out?

 

"A sailor doesn't have to prove he's a man"   ha

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This is what someone thought the iPad would look like, back in 2004 - The Next Web

This is what someone thought the iPad would look like, back in 2004 - The Next Web | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Before the iPad or even the iPhone was released, there were years of speculation on what portable products Apple would release. ....What’s perhaps most amazing is that this fan image accurately picked the name for a real Apple product that was released six years later in 2010. Apple was experimenting with the iPad back in 2004 as some prototypes of the device date back that far.

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Why Are Americans Giving Up Gum-Chewing?

Why Are Americans Giving Up Gum-Chewing? | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Why aren't Americans as interested in chewing gum as we used to be? Is it that we don't want to spend the money, we have better ways to freshen our breath, it's simply falling out of favor as a hab...
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Hunter S. Thompson’s Edgy 1990s Commercial for Apple’s Macintosh Computer

Hunter S. Thompson’s Edgy 1990s Commercial for Apple’s Macintosh Computer | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Contrary to what the past decade’s TV commercials may indicate, Apple’s advertising hasn’t always been so tepid and generic.
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▶ Edward Bernays: PR, Propaganda - TheBlazeTV - REAL HISTORY - YouTube

American Marxists' Propaganda master, and his impact on America. This brief video clip has been uploaded, and is being used, for non-profit, educational use,...
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Target baby PJs say boys are heroes, girls can date them

Target baby PJs say boys are heroes, girls can date them | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Baby onesies at a Target store that label little boys as future superheroes and little girls as their dating partners has sparked online outrage after two University of Waterloo professors called attention to their message.
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we haven't come a long way, baby

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'Daisy Girl' political ad still haunting 50 years later

'Daisy Girl' political ad still haunting 50 years later | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
At age 3, Monique Luiz of Phoenix starred in the most famous political ad of all time.
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Lassie as Salesdog: One More Trip to the Well -Lassie has "authenticity".. no need for a show or movie

Lassie as Salesdog: One More Trip to the Well -Lassie has "authenticity"..  no need for a show or movie | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Lassie’s new owners at DreamWorks Animation are using a series of publicity stunts to remake the classic American dog as a merchandising superstar.
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"...the studio decided that the best hope for making money from Lassie was to make her a merchandising star, and it turned to a suitably old-fashioned tactic to prepare an onslaught of products next year: the publicity stunt." 

 

...because DreamWorks needs to make money.

 

( Lassie was part of a $155 million character library acquisition)

 

Lassie was " a bit of an acting lightweight" says the article

 

Max Factor apparently made a toupee for one Lassie in the 60s...no secrets are safe!

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How a Clean, Tidy Home Can Help You Survive the Atomic Bomb: A Cold War Film from 1954

How a Clean, Tidy Home Can Help You Survive the Atomic Bomb: A Cold War Film from 1954 | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Last week, we revisited some Cold War propaganda that taught upstanding American citizens How to Spot a Communist Using Literary Criticism. It's a gem, but it has nothing on the 1954 film, The House in the Middle.
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well, there goes my house

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Mad Men Stars Pose for Vintage-Style Product Ads in 'For Your Consideration' Campaign

Mad Men Stars Pose for Vintage-Style Product Ads in 'For Your Consideration' Campaign | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
AMC serves up a fun Emmy Awards campaign for Mad Men, casting its stars in print work that has the look and feel of classy period advertising from the Sterling Cooper era.
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What a fun campaign!

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Free: British Pathé Puts Over 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube

Free: British Pathé Puts Over 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th Century. This week, the company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection -- over 85,000 historical films – to YouTube.
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12 Toys From the 1980s That Didn't Take Off

12 Toys From the 1980s That Didn't Take Off | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Many people of a certain age look back at the 1980s as the golden age of toys. But some action figures just didn't resonate—at least back then. Here are 12 rejected toys of the 80s that, in some cases, are now sought after by collectors.
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Wieden + Kennedy Finds Its First Ads Ever, Made for Nike, on Dusty Old Tapes

Wieden + Kennedy Finds Its First Ads Ever, Made for Nike, on Dusty Old Tapes | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
Nike running: So easy, a caveman can do it? Wieden + Kennedy made quite the discovery earlier this month. The agency says it's "pretty damn pumped" to have finally found the first ads it ever made—which happen to be the first national broadcast ads Nike ever aired.
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Infographic: The Evolution of 18 Major Brand Logos From 1886 to Today

Infographic: The Evolution of 18 Major Brand Logos From 1886 to Today | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

Logo lovers, —an infographic charting the evolution of 18 big-company logos, beginning with Coca-Cola in 1886 and Pepsi a decade later, and continuing through the Yahoos and Googles of the late 20th century.

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