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Advertising on gravestones. Bad taste?

matty

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Acclaim (a video game company) would like to place little billboards on the gravestones of the recently deceased. They would of course compensate the family of the dead, and think the program would "particularly interest poorer families".

Has the race to slap a logo on every conceivable surface available finally gone too far?

"He's in Marlboro Country" might be a fitting gravestone advertising campaign for Phillip Morris to undertake if the ShadowMan 2 one is succsesful.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/computergames/story/0,11500,667942,00.html
 
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Bumbaclat

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That is disgusting. I understand that they don't actually believe that this is an effective advertsing method but the news coverage over the debate will be worth it ..... but still.

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d.code

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I dont think its disgusting.
I think its just pushing things too far.

Not bad taste either- its rather flavourfull and creative-
but
when was the last time you were in a grave yard anyways?
 
Meh, if someone states in their will "your ad goes here" let them. But I still think the estate or the deceased should have the final say.

From the Minsitry of if they have dual shock controlers and an LCD screen on the gravestone, I'd visit grandma more often.

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 
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TheLiquidFairy

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This just shows how much more of a corrupt society we live in.

It's worse than that guy who was trying to sell his body to corporations for them to tatto their logo on him...sheesh.

This is absolutely disgusting!

XXX
Marian
:p
 
Originally posted by *TheLiquidFairy*
It's worse than that guy who was trying to sell his body to corporations for them to tatto their logo on him...sheesh.

XXX
Marian
:p

Actually, it's kind of funny you should mention this. The contestants in celebrity boxing this week were all sporting fake tattoos that were advertising an online gaming company. And they weren't small either. Danny Bonaduche (sp?) had his entire back covered in one.

From the Ministry of smart ad ploy, and apparently they want to do it with professional boxing too.

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Bumbaclat

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Originally posted by el presidente Highsteppa
From the Ministry of smart ad ploy, and apparently they want to do it with professional boxing too.

they already have done it. Golden Palace (the casino in question) was the same casino that gave Howard Stern $100,000 to throw down on one hand of blackjack. I don't like that companies (GP, not Howard Stern) software or some of their business practices but I've always respected their marketing department. They've tried some very risky/innovative on and offline marketing ideas.

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matty

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That would be weird. Microsoft could buy a permanent tattoo on the back of Lenox Lewis for some huge yearly endorsement. Not only could corperations slap their logos on stadiums, but they could stick them on the athletes too.
 

matty

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How long is it then before corperations approach cities trying to get them to change their names. I can just see Mel looking for a solution to the budget crisis and selling Toronto to Nabisco.
 
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Originally posted by m..m
That would be weird. Microsoft could buy a permanent tattoo on the back of Lenox Lewis for some huge yearly endorsement. Not only could corperations slap their logos on stadiums, but they could stick them on the athletes too.

They have been doing it for a while. Look at the athlete's uniforms. Soccer has logos plastered right across their chests, and the Nike/Reebok/Adidas logos are always at just the right height for any tie shot that gets taken during of an athlete during the game. While, I'm not sure as to how ethical this might be, it's interesting how the athlete him/herself cannot advertise their team name in commercials centered around them, and how teams will have an all covering sponsors for their game. Think about how much the lawyers must be making in negotiating this kind of shit.

From the Ministry of they must make a killing

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 
Originally posted by m..m
How long is it then before corperations approach cities trying to get them to change their names. I can just see Mel looking for a solution to the budget crisis and selling Toronto to Nabisco.

Considering how absolutely cash strapped and financially raped the Municipal government is (thanks to the Provincial Govt), it seems like more and more an attractive alternative, since they might be able to kick in the much needed money to solve a number of budgetary shortcomings. I'm not happy about this at all, and I think it's a shit alternative that is better than nothing. But when you look at it, a tobacco company could seriously inject some major cash into the municipal gov't and give services such as the TTC a major and much needed boost.

And aren't they doing this already with the schools? Soft drink advertising sponsoring schools and their events?

From the Ministry of not happy about this possibility, but would consider it, as there doesn't seem to be much other viable solutions.

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Rosey

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the stuff that's left after you die is just meat.
if somebody wants to use that to market something i guess that should be up to the individual and their family.
 

bitchass

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i was watching boxing (one of the big HBO events...) a couple weeks ago and one of the guys had the big fake Golden Casino tattoo on his back. its already started!
 
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Skipper

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This thread made me think of the book "No Logo" by Naomi Klein. Great book...and it really makes you open your eyes to how saturated our lives are in corporate advertising.

The gravestone thing is just another way corporate America/Canada is creeping in to our lives...my question is....

Who will such advertisements be targeted towards? How would the demographic of gravesite-visitors be defined? Soooo many people visits gravesites everyday! Would the families have a say in who advertised on their sites? And wouldnt THEY be the primary target of such advertisements anyways?
 

Plato

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if companies want to advertise on me when im dead
then they shoudl advertise on me when i am alive

i should get payed for every can of cambell's i eat
every cola product i consume
every visible logo i show on my clothing

soup soda clothing co.'s -- you have my number.
how bout your people talk to my people.

p[l]a+0 <--guilty of incorporating adidas logo's onto his art work :O
 
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