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Racy Super Bowl Ads Aren't Dead -- They're Just Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Everyone knows that half the fun of the Super Bowl is the commercials. With advertisers paying $5 million per 30-second spot, the results are usually pretty spectacular -- and often sexist, stereotypical, and age-inappropriate. This year, though, things look different.

Campaign Watchdogs: Pro-Rubio TV Ads Are Breaking The Law

NBC News | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Conservative Solutions Project, an outside group promoting Republican Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, has spent nearly $8.5 million in TV ads --...

95 Percent Of GOP Ad Dollars Comes From Outside Groups

NBC News | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.04.2015 | Media

A whopping 95 percent of the TV ad spending in the Republican presidential race has come from outside groups and Super PACs, while just 5 percent com...

Hillary Clinton Draws On Her Mother's Story Of Resilience In First TV Ads For 2016

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will begin airing TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, making her the first 201...

Rauner's Anti-Madigan Media Blitz Begins

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads across Illinois that attack House Speaker Michael Madigan and legislative Democrats as anti-reform and pro-tax. The ad singles out Madigan for blocking Rauner's business and political reforms.

Welcome to the Era of the Market Maven. Get Used to It.

John Dick | Posted 04.29.2015 | Media
John Dick

Market Mavens are out there, they can be found and profiled, and as social media grows its influence across the demographic spectrum, they're rapidly growing in importance.

Less Is No(t) More

Bill McGowan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Bill McGowan

How could a series of authentically emotional responses come across as so disingenuous?

Bad Ads: Does Sexism Sell?

Matt Cohen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Matt Cohen

You shouldn't target your audience by explicitly denigrating other audiences... especially when you've crudely drawn your segments along gender lines.

TV Ad War Begins Day After Kentucky Primary

AP | By DAVID ESPO | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Instantly on the attack, allies of Republican leader Mitch McConnell launched a televised barrage against newly minted Democratic ...

I, Mad Men Hunter

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

Don Draper may have won the opening skirmish but this war is just beginning. When I kicked open the office door he was reclining in his chair, feet ...

You Could Be A Target Of This New 'Powerful Tool'

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class vot...

Is This the Most Anti-Science, Anti-Environmental TV Ad Ever?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Here is how Toys "R" Us apparently sees the world, and wants our children to see it: Nature sucks. Cheap plastic toys are great. Science education sucks. Commercialism is great. Field trips to see nature are boring. Running wild around a chain store is fantastic.

The Fading Star

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 05.26.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES — In the heyday of "American Idol," the notion that it could fall ratings victim to a zombie slugfest or standard crime drama would ...

Why Do We Take So Many Drugs?

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.22.2013 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

We are taking way too many drugs for dubious or exaggerated ailments. What the drug companies are doing now is promoting drugs for long-term use to essentially healthy people.

Don't Rely On Late Night TV Ads To Wake You Up Anymore

AP | Posted 12.14.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect on Thursday. CALM ...

Ads I Don't Want to See

Susan Silver | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Susan Silver

A lot of older actors and actresses are doing commercials. There is nothing new about that, but once you've hit Baby Boomer and beyond, the types of commercials seem to have a sameness about them...

Screen Hottie's Dolphin Love

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.01.2012 | Celebrity

An Acer laptop has the power to turn Megan Fox into a brilliant marine biologist who talks to a dolphin. Talk about a transformer! In a new comm...

How Politics Became a Television Product

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media
Jeffrey Shaffer

It's a system that resists any notion of serious regulation. Can you imagine the outcry that would erupt if some government agency tried to screen the content of campaign commercials for accuracy before they went on the air?

Romney Campaign Releases Individualized Ads For Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa

Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released four new TV ads Friday morning, each of them tailored to a specific swing state. The ads will run in O...

Ron Dicker

He Left Advertising To Save His Soul | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business

Ad man Jerry Comyn, who wrote a "take this job and shove it" email that went viral, says he's living happily ever after, far away from advertising. He...

Flag on the Play: My Toddler Is an Ineligible Receiver

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.20.2011 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

When my son, James was two years old, and I heard the jazzy music of an erectile dysfunction commercial start playing, I wanted to throw a penalty flag.

WATCH: These Might Be The Worst Commercials You'll Ever See

Posted 09.28.2011 | Weird News

You don't need Don Draper to create a memorable advertisement. If these awful local TV commercials are any indication, all it takes is a camera, a cat...

Google Looks To TV Ads To Grow Its Browser

The Huffington Post | Thomas Houston | Posted 07.04.2011 | Technology

Clean, inspiring piano track? Check. Drums for emphasis? Yup. Children doing cute things? Got it. Cello and violin alternating as the story comes to a...

Broncos TV Games Will Have Focus On The Family Ads

The Denver Post | Electra Draper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Focus on the Family denies that the crossover appeal of religious rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is the sole reason the conservative Christian ministry ...

Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume Of TV Ads

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks li...