Tag Archives: Culture

New Article: Advertising & Art

Language of brands_Jason Potteiger

Warhol Was Wrong About Advertising & Art:

“Huh, so you make lies for a living?” That was the first question he asked me. It was also the first time I’d told anyone I worked in advertising. I thumbed the glass of whiskey in front of me. Having landed my first internship earlier that day, at just 21 years old it was a bigger question than I realized at the time. It was a question about culture.

Commercial messages and manufactured iconography swirl with, around, between us. Thousands of brands occupy the collective consciousness and command a piece of the cultural pie. This is a story about how, and why… (keep reading on medium.com)

I recently started writing a weekly column for the I Love Charts collection on Medium. Each week I use charts (and hopefully wit) to explore the synthetic side of culture.

I’m very much looking forward to unpacking some big ideas about advertising and culture. There’s a lot to hate about advertising, but  there’s a lot to love, too–it’s just harder to find sometimes. Whether you play for Ad Busters or Ad Week, the reality is it’s there and it’s shaping us and our world.

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Thursday at the ICA

Down on Fan Pier every Thursday night the ICA is free from 5-9pm. Last night may have been a bit busier than normal as the ICA is currently hosting the the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and a preliminary round had just finished up when I arrived. Still, even sans speedos, the museum steps overlooking the bay packed with people just hanging out made me feel like I was in Europe. Boston is such a different sort of city in the Summer, I’m sad it’s almost over!