The Blagger's Blog 3rd May 2013

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

 

Thought for the week

“Facebook is populated by mums and PR staff. No self-respecting young person would be on Facebook.” Radio 1 Newsbeat and 1Xtra editor Rod McKenzie, who instead suggests that Tumblr, Snapchat, Vine and Keek are the networks of choice those in the prime of their lives. Whether he believes those same young people want the kind of content produced by the two stations he works at remains to be seen.
 

Weekly high

Everybody loves being in bed. As a species we spend most of our time either at work or asleep, and having a good spot to rest your head is important. Or at least that’s what the latest advert from IKEA Sweden thinks, which manages to chronicle a baby becoming a man, with the real focus being on his relationship with mattress and frame.

 

Weekly low

PespiCo commissioned American rapper and video producer Tyler The Creator for a new serialised online ad campaign. His idea was a Mountain Dew-addicted goat getting in trouble with the law, but the latest instalment (now removed by the company amid accusations of being the ‘most racist commercial ever’) caused a furore in the U.S. thanks to its apparent stereotyping and promotion of violence towards women.

Things that might happen in the next week…

Both Liverpool and Salford are hosting similarly named but unrelated new music showcases over the next few days, respectively industry crowd puller Sound City and the more intimate but still impressive Sounds From The Other City. On Monday the Chartered Institute of Marketing will host Meet & Mingle for members, a free event which will be held at  The Leeds Club (3 Albion Place, Leeds, LS1 6JL). Ukip representatives will continue to celebrate a marked rise in popularity following a second place result in the South Shields by-election, whist Conservatives blame anti-coalition sentiment for the right wing populists’ increase in support.

Just in case you missed it…

Instagram has developed a brand new picture editing application, Photos Of You, with the idea being to make it easier for users to add people and objects to images. Read more on the story here, or watch the video below.

 
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