Tuesday, April 18, 2017
So... this Cracked article on crazy ads.
You may guess that it's related to gun control. Something Cracked talks about... a fair bit.
So of course some NRA ads are part of the list. But they only get in at #6. And in fairness they really are some pretty crazy advertisements.
(Sure Cracked being Cracked starts off with "The NRA famously advocates for gun manufacturers", and then tries to be even handed with the issue." Cracked also acts as if these are typical advertisements, though the link, to Mother Jones no less! Shows a mess of far tamer ads. But on the gripping hand the article doesn't really talk about how bad guns are or how great gun control is.)
And this late 80's Washington Post article seems to confirm that the NRA really did engage in this, frankly, baffling advertising strategy. Baffling not for the content of the ads so much as the way they're framed.
Still, it's somewhat noteworthy that Cracked put it so low on the list.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
In fact it's another Cracked piece. This time Cracked goes back to their wheelhouse (used complementary in this case). Of interviewing a person with a unique experience.
Speifically someone who served on a grand jury on anofficer involved shooting. It's an interesting read as it covers issues of emotions, timing, information restriction while the trial is occurring, ignorance in media reporting, use of force procedures, and even a bit on the aftermath of someone who has been "cleared" in a shooting.