Tag Archives: culture jamming

And the award for darkest brand jamming goes to….

Earlier this month, seemingly out of nowhere, references to a new campaign for Frosted Flakes started showing up online. The campaign, called Tony is Back, promised to bring Tony the Tiger back into our homes to address the real-world problems of modern adults with enthusiastic encouragement and sugary cereal in the much the same way […]

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Art, Food, Sex and Trauma: Mark Maynard shoots the shit with the most important artists of our day… Episode 2: Rebekah Modrak

In December, I posted something about a brilliant piece of satire directed at the company Best Made and its line of high-end, artisanal axes. The artist behind the work, who called himself Peter Smith-Buchanan, I thought, lived in New York. As it turns out, however, the artist lived just down the road… Today’s interview is […]

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Culture jamming goes venti… The launch of Dumb Starbucks

Something for the “Nothing This Cool Ever Happens Here” file: On Friday, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, a new Starbucks opened its doors. This, in and of itself, may not be that noteworthy. This one, however, was a little different. It wasn’t just your standard, everyday, run of the mill Starbucks, but […]

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Wal-Mart, instead of raising wages, asks their non-starving employees to donate food to those employees who are

As we’ve discussed in the past, Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, relies heavily upon the American taxpayer to subsidize its “everyday low prices,” and, of course, it’s enormous corporate profits. Not only does the company routinely, as part of its standard human resources protocol, direct its poorly-paid employees to various state and federal assistance programs, […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Dustin Krcatovich

Local illustrator and writer Dustin “Dusty” Krcatovich will be moving to Portland shortly. Here’s his official exit interview. MARK: Here’s your first question… Were you born in Michigan? And, if not, how old were you when you first moved here, and what were the circumstances surrounding the move? DUSTIN: I was born and raised in […]

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