Why product placement is bigger than ever

We’ve all had that feeling. One minute you’re absorbed by another gripping instalment of quality TV drama; the next, you’re wondering why there’s been a box of Cheerios hogging the shot for five minutes, or why all the characters are driving the same brand of car. 

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Jesse, Walt, Guinness and Doritos. Photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Mona Eltahawy, the prominent Egyptian-American writer and activist, has been arrested in New York after spraying paint over a controversial poster on the subway that has been condemned for equating Muslims with “savages”. Full story behind the video.

The real Mad Men:

To mark the fifth series of the adland drama, we look back at leading campaigns of the 50s and 60s. Andrew Cracknell, author of The Real Mad Men: The Remarkable True Story of Madison Avenue’s Golden Age

VW - Lemon Photograph: Elwin Street Productions © 2011 The Real Mad Men
You never admitted to any faults either – but the new candour charmed the public and sold better than any amount of hype

Shakespeare on a Tube map - an oldie but a good one.

Madrid’s equivalent Oxford Street, the shopaholic Puerta del Sol stop, has been snapped up by Samsung in a month-long deal and renamed Sol Galaxy Note. What would you rename stations on the London Underground?

Liking newenergyspace's suggestions:

Toshiba-kerstreet

Mars-enal

FujiCam-den Road

Sloans-for-you-Square

Premium Bond Street

Ladbroke’s Grove

Barclays-water

Behind the scenes – our new Three Little Pigs ad

So I guess you’re wondering what the pig picture was all about earlier? Now you can see more images from the making of the Guardian’s new advertising campaign. Get a closer look at the detailing in the film, how we created crowd scenes and some candid moments of the actors off duty

Three Little Pigs advert

This advert for the Guardian’s open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper’s front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion

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Honestly, Peta’s ads make me so angry I could stamp on a kitten. While eating a Big Mac and wearing chinchilla. If this has offended you, then I should make clear that my tongue is very firmly in my cheek. Which, funnily enough, was precisely the excuse Peta’s associate director of campaigns and outreach proffered when confronted with the criticism that the organisation’s latest ad, Boyfriend went vegan, all but condones physical violence within a relationship. After all, if sex sells, hard sex sells harder, and the sort of sex that leaves you hospitalised sells hardest of all.

Brilliant piece. Here’s a quote:

"Further, courting controversy for controversy’s sake has a troubling effect over time. While shock and gore still have the potential to be powerful, they have become so ubiquitous that we are gradually becoming desensitised to them. It makes no difference whether you’re promoting chocolate or charity: normalising violence can never be justified. We should cut Peta absolutely no slack for this latest ad just because, somewhere in the background, bunny rabbits are involved."

'Gin-loving pensioner' is top TV ad of 2011

Aldi campaign beats comparethemarket.com’s meerkats and VW ‘Darth Vader’ spot in poll of most-liked ads. More here.