Peter Kafka

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How to Help The New York Times: Better Ads for The New York Times

This parody will make the most sense to people who live on the East Coast, where a long-running series of TV ads from the New York Times has been burned into our brains. But everyone should get the gist.

I wasn’t sure this was weighty enough for MediaMemo readers, but the peanut gallery (i.e., my friends) on Facebook and Twitter disagree. So here you go:

Oddly, I can’t find any of the Times’s actual ads for its “Weekender” offer floating around YouTube. Which should say something, since everything is on YouTube, right?

But here’s yet another parody, sort of, of the “Weekender” ad:

And here’s one of the Times’s actual ads, circa 2003:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik