I was just watching a video from the recent PSFK Event in NY showing Graham Hill’s new project LifeEdited.com. His interesting “life editing” concept fits nicely with the Craft Economy, me thinks. Anyway, the opening for the video talks about how America has super-sized our culture over the last 50 years. Quite right. Mr. Hill’s suggestion is to downscale one’s physical footprint on earth, which is a savvy and necessary idea.
You can find the video here.
In addition to our lives, though, we’ve spent years supersizing our advertising claims: most, best, largest, unparalleled, flah-flah-flah. These words and their overuse have made advertising and marketing unreal. Who do we believe? Coors Light is the most refreshing beer in America? Are you kidding me? What happened to standards and practices?
Marketers need to stop pizzling into the wind. They need to find own-able territory, live it, mean it, and be it. It’s nice to aspire, but don’t aspire to the un-noble supersized claim. You wouldn’t brag at a keg or cocktail party, why spend millions on such boorish behavior in advertising? Peace.