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Shell game…


Shell Oil has recently suspended its plans to drill in Alaskan Arctic waters this year— something about oil rigs they can’t control.  But that’s just a temporary set-back.  The deeper problem is the climate of regulatory suspicion and public hostility they face.  What’s a poor oil company to do?

Turn to social media!  At ArticReady.com, visitors can help.

Government nearly caused a disaster in Alaska.  Now, only individuals can repair the damage…

Some regulators and environmentalists are letting emotions stand in the way of America’s energy destiny, but we refuse to be victimized.  By donating to Shell’s #RepairingFreedom campaign, individuals who truly believe in our Arctic mission can help bring the Kulluk back to her former glory…

One way to lend a hand– use the Ad Generator create a public opinion-shaping ad that captures Shell’s  plans for the Alaskan fields– something like this contribution from “Keith”…

Readers will have spotted the tongue-induced bulge in cheek…  ArcticReady is in fact a collaboration of Greenpeace and our old friends, The Yes Men (and their Yes Lab)… and it’s a gas.


As we say “still, Baby, still,” we might send illuminatingly satirical birthday greetings to Ringgold Wilmer “Ring” Lardner; he was born on this date in 1885.  A columnist, short story writer, and occasional playwright, Lardner was, with his rough contemporary Grantland Rice, one of the two great American sports writers of the first half of the Twentieth Century.  But while Rice was known for his elegant and thoughtful prose, Lardner’s gift was for the odd, the funny– and always, the authentic.

Lardner’s work was admired by the likes of Virginia Woolf (“and other very serious, unfunny people,” as Andrew Ferguson wrote); he was a friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald; and an influence on Ernest Hemingway, who called him “Jupiter on tiptoes.”



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March 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

Anti-social media…



Long-time readers will know of your correspondent’s high regard for the Yes Men.  So it’ll be no surprise that he’s also a fan of their on-line cousin, Jon Morter.

Morter, who holds down a day job as a “legitimate” social media consultant, is the anonymous presence behind Condescending Corporate Brand Page, on which he skewers the wrong-headed things that corporations do in their attempts to turn social media into advertising.  In England he’s best known as the guy who waged a Facebook campaign to make a (classic, but hardly seasonal) Rage Against the Machine tune from 1992 the #1 Christmas single of 2009–and raised more than $100,000 for charity in the process.  (Though the that fact that he won Pret A Manger’s 25th anniversary search for a new breakfast sandwich with a well-timed one-word recipe–“bacon”– runs a close second.)

Read a fascinating interview with “the king of the social media pranksters” at CoCreate


As we recheck our privacy settings, we might recall that it was on this date in 1988 that Frank Drebin (first) foiled an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II– Naked Gun premiered.

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December 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

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