Our Daily Bleg: What Ads Are Stuck in Your Head This Century?
Well, now that I’ve alienated every lover of contemporary culture, it’s going to be a challenge to get back to the very popular “Name a memorable line of the 21st century” blegs.
It is clear that many readers of this blog believe that today’s film is better than ever before. I will just note that if you asked the contemporary directors themselves, they undoubtedly would not consider themselves to be qualitative peers of past directors such as Hitchcock, or even close to that.
Freakonomics blog readers seem more hesitant to affirm that today’s popular music is better than that of the past. I wonder, if I had asked for comparisons of current literature or visual arts with that of past centuries, whether I would have gotten the same kind of presentism people expressed about film. I’m not sure I want to see those answers!
Curiously for such an old fogey, my book, The Yale Book of Quotations, was regarded by reviewers as drenched in modern popular culture in comparison with stodgier volumes such as Bartlett’s.
Anyway, let’s try to get back on track. The Yale Book of Quotations includes 140 well known advertising slogans. I would welcome suggestions of famous advertising slogans from the 21st century (i.e., 2000 to 2008 or 2001 to 2008). I recognize that dating advertising slogans is tougher than dating films or songs, so I won’t be too unhappy about 20th-century suggestions.