Peter Kafka

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Another Ad Forecast Dims

We’ve seen several ad forecasters pull back their growth predictions in recent months, and here’s another: Zenith Optimedia projects worldwide ad spend to increase 3.5 percent in 2011 and 4.7 percent in 2012. That’s down from an October forecast of 3.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. Web spending, per usual, will grow much faster –15.9 percent between 2011 and 2014, with Google now accounting for 44 percent of the digital market.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus