Sunday, May 11, 2008
Propaganda Fellating Greed
After Thursday's San Francisco Symphony Brahms Festival concert, we noticed klieg lights in front of the Opera House next door. The ballet season ended a few days earlier and the summer opera season won't begin until the end of the month, so our curiosity was piqued.
It turned out to be a lavish company party for the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (click here), and there was signage in the opera mezzanine featuring a greatest hits of their slogans, such as "It's Comcastic!" and "Fresh Mex." and "Welcome to the next level." and "Snack Strong." among other inanities that surround us incessantly.
What wins the prize for most seriously offensive signage seen in public (with only Adam Sadler's recent billboard as competition) is the tag line for their anniversary: "25 Years of Art Serving Capitalism." Our jaws dropped just before we vomited a little in our mouths.
The followers of the late author Ayn Rand, such as the retired Fed chief Alan Greenspan and wonderful ad agencies like GPS, should be held accountable for their considerable damage to humanity through mass consumerism via capitalism. To see it being openly celebrated really is noxious.