Media Interventions

Has anyone seen a series of really aggressive PSAs on the busses lately that are by (or sponsored by) some group called Media Interventions?

Today, there was a washed out, stretched photo. On the bottom left, it said something like ‘The native growth rate is 70% higher than the national population’. on the bottom right, it said something along the lines of ‘You can’t stop us from having a positive sexuality, a healthy self-awareness and […]’ (I can’t remember how it ended, but there was something else). I wasn’t aware we were trying to stop native populations from having healthy sexualities or self-awareness myself. It seems an odd choice of phrasing — an attack add should normally be against a specific policy, action, etc. I’m not sure there is such an action that is in opposition to this ad.

Anyone else seen any of the other ones? I think there’s at least 2 more that I’ve seen and thought about posting about, although this is the first time I’ve remembered to do so

8 Replies to “Media Interventions”

  1. Yes! And the ones I saw were equally as weird, but I can’t remember them now. I will write them down next time. If anyone can shed light on this that would be cool ‘cus it weirded me out.

  2. Yes! And the ones I saw were equally as weird, but I can’t remember them now. I will write them down next time. If anyone can shed light on this that would be cool ‘cus it weirded me out.

  3. Back in the summer I was reading the Taipei post, when I came across a big half page ad, where in rather poorly constructed English sentences rambled on in big block letters something about global warming and the need for people to work together to help humanity. Well intentioned stuff, but also somewhat odd. Asking Taiwanese English Teachers, apparently it is some really rich Taiwanese guy that pays exorborant amounts of money to publish his thoughts in Asian newspapers. I wish the online version of the Taipei post included print advertisements for the link, but actually I’m glad they dont.

  4. Back in the summer I was reading the Taipei post, when I came across a big half page ad, where in rather poorly constructed English sentences rambled on in big block letters something about global warming and the need for people to work together to help humanity. Well intentioned stuff, but also somewhat odd. Asking Taiwanese English Teachers, apparently it is some really rich Taiwanese guy that pays exorborant amounts of money to publish his thoughts in Asian newspapers. I wish the online version of the Taipei post included print advertisements for the link, but actually I’m glad they dont.

  5. I’ve seen these. They remind me of what drives me nuts about Adbusters. Don’t get me wrong, I think there should be a strong critical voice against the mainstream that uses mainstream tools (like magazines and billboards). However, too many Adbuster posters and their ilk seem like “hit and run” communication to me. Sort of like mooning big corporations as you drive by in your car – defiant, but ulitmately pointless.

    The recent ad from the Media Intervention folks that drives me nuts is the one where someone has handwritten “Repent Shopper” in the same writing as the guy that goes up and down the west coast writing “Repent Sinner” on everything.

    When I first saw it, I smiled and chuckled. Then I thought about it. What a great idea put to stupid use. It’s not going to change anybody’s mind – all it will do is amuse the converted. I like that this campaign is chaotic and energetic, but it seems a lot of money and effort for a bunch of “wouldn’t it be cool if…” ads that won’t change anything.

  6. I’ve seen these. They remind me of what drives me nuts about Adbusters. Don’t get me wrong, I think there should be a strong critical voice against the mainstream that uses mainstream tools (like magazines and billboards). However, too many Adbuster posters and their ilk seem like “hit and run” communication to me. Sort of like mooning big corporations as you drive by in your car – defiant, but ulitmately pointless.

    The recent ad from the Media Intervention folks that drives me nuts is the one where someone has handwritten “Repent Shopper” in the same writing as the guy that goes up and down the west coast writing “Repent Sinner” on everything.

    When I first saw it, I smiled and chuckled. Then I thought about it. What a great idea put to stupid use. It’s not going to change anybody’s mind – all it will do is amuse the converted. I like that this campaign is chaotic and energetic, but it seems a lot of money and effort for a bunch of “wouldn’t it be cool if…” ads that won’t change anything.

  7. There’s also the fact that they are, in my opinion, really poorly done. That’s the part that kind of confused me. They seem like PSAs or something in the quality of design work which causes their point to be, in my eyes, a bit lost.

  8. There’s also the fact that they are, in my opinion, really poorly done. That’s the part that kind of confused me. They seem like PSAs or something in the quality of design work which causes their point to be, in my eyes, a bit lost.

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