Archive for the ‘Surveys’ Category

41 Junior High School Science Projects

February 25, 2008


Count ’em.


London Calling

April 10, 2007

Ain’t That America

January 24, 2007


John Mellencamp has gotten into some hot water and prominent ink recently over his decision to give up the song “Our Country” from his new album for a Chevrolet truck commercial. Some call him a sell out. His answer is that he is a songwriter and musician from way back, competing from Indiana in the post-indie rock world of mass music. He’s trying to be heard and keep his career alive. He also got involved with the ads themselves, insisting they run true to what he envisions as John Mellencamp music videos. Insisting they step up to the hard social issues in America. This, arguably, got him into the truck-selling business with images of war and hurricane. On top of that, he may have peaked early–the ads have been running constantly for weeks prior to the album release. Maybe he’s overexposed. I, in any case, will cut the guy slack because he’s a good painter.

What about you? John Mellencamp. Sell out, shrewd late career move, miscalculation–what do you think?

I Could Use Your Input

December 8, 2006

The Human Element

I’m writing a “day job” article about this television ad. I would be very interested in knowing what you think of it. Also, let me know if you have seen this ad before. I will not use anything you write in the article without your permission–I probably won’t use anything from here. This is to help me get a sense of how this ad campaign is being received (It’s best to respond before reading other comments).


Here’s the article. I didn’t get into your responses, but it helped to know them when I wrote it. Thanks for all your input.