• Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    This Mobile App Replaces Subway Station Ads with Digital Art

    The MTA makes more than a $100 million every year selling space to advertisers. What they are really selling, of course, is you: your time waiting for the train, contemplating the void and/or silently criticizing the Photoshop skill of the poor soul tasked with fitting all 16 Expendables 3 stars int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    NYC Bronies: Meet Two Generations of My Little Pony Fans at Big Apple Ponycon

    "Well, the show was originally designed for little girls and their parents, but I'm not a little girl or the parent of a little girl, so we're not really the target audience," says 16-year-old Henry, a brony who lives on the Upper West Side. "And yet, we have become the target audience."

  • Voice Choices

    February 12, 2014


    A tribute to J. Dilla at Brooklyn Bowl

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Ranking the Gathering of the Juggalos Infomercials

    For the fifth consecutive year, the good people at Psychopathic Records have smiled upon us and delivered unto the Internet another magical miracle in the form of their Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial. For those who may not be "down with the clown," the Gathering of the Juggalos is the largest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Super Bowl Commercial Week: Leapfrog for a Beer with Bud, Weis, and Er

    It's Day 2 of Super Bowl Commercial Week and today we're revisiting those famous, late night pond-hoppers, the Budweiser Frogs. Way back in 1994, when the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers met up in Miami for Super Bowl XXIXX, Bud featured the CGI swamp creatures in an ad for their be ... More >>

  • News

    December 19, 2012


    A new Village Voice policy on "adult" advertising

  • Voice Choices

    October 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Britney Spears' New Ad Campaign: What Think You?

    It's the ad for Britney's fantasy twist perfume, which is two scents in one, and that's why we get no fewer than two Britneys in the ad. Can you handle two Britneys? Can you even handle one? What's more, they seem to be popping out of each other's torsos, one of the Britneys being an upside-down ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 26, 2012


    The art of the Black Power Movement lives on

  • Voice Choices

    June 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Angelo Carusone, Tweeter Behind @StopRush and @StopBeck, On Rush Limbaugh's Implosion

    Angelo Carusone is the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters for America. Even prior to that gig, he's been known in the Twitterverse during the past couple of years as @StopBeck, an online campaign to let Glenn Beck's advertisers know where their advertising dollars were going. The Voice sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Radio Hits One: fun.'s "We Are Young" Brings Indie Pop To The Super Bowl And The Hot 100

    Last week Billboard published the Hot 100 chart covering the post-Super Bowl week, and unsurprisingly the most notable leap on the chart was made by a song featured on the telecast. The surprise was that it wasn't "Give Me All Your Luvin'," Madonna's new single, performed during her halftime show pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    The Most Hyped TV Show In History!

    ​There were commercials for it all through the Golden Globes, and two of the presenters were stars from the show. Every Broadway site has large wraparound ads for it on the homepage. The trade magazines are brimming with ads and articles about it.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Junk Food Might Kill Kids with Video Games: Report

    ​New British research suggests that junk food companies really don't have kids' best interests in mind, as they knowingly shill unhealthy eats to unsuspecting minors, according to the Daily Telegraph.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    The "Otis" Video Debuts Tomorrow Night; Get Ready For Lots Of Smoke And Broing Down

    The press release announcing tomorrow night's debut of the "Otis" video (on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, BET and Centric, at 8:56 p.m. ET) has a bit of a boxing-ring flair to it; Watch The Throne, the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration that the track comes from, gets dubbed "the Undisputed Number One Album in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Nick Sacco, New Jersey Mayor, Reps North Bergen in Budget Political Ad

    "The streets are clean and the parks are beautiful," says a citizen in a thrilling last-minute political ad for Nick Sacco of North Bergen, New Jersey, the mayor (and state senator!) aiming for reelection tomorrow. But the spot's real star is Tyler "TyAlaxandar" Griffin, a young rapper whose infecti ... More >>

  • News

    March 23, 2011

    Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Taco Bell Employees Speak Out, Placate Angry Consumers with 88 Cent Crunchwraps

    It's been a hard few months for Taco Bell, with consumers (Our Man Sietsema included) angry about the lack of beef in the company's products. So what better way to lure back customers than with a cheap deal and new ad campaign? Except this one is still sending the wrong message.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2010

    Nursing Is Gay, and Other Things Marketers Know About You Via Facebook

    ​Online advertisers target Facebook users based on information Facebook claims not to share, according to two new research papers reported on in today's New York Times. The most jarring of the findings indicates that online marketers "cater" to users based on criteria like sexual preference, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    The Ten Very Worst 9/11-Themed Ads

    Click to Enlarge.Via CopyRanter.​Yesterday, Copyranter caught an advertisement (pictured right) for French weekly Courrier International. The conceit of the advertisement, by Saatchi & Saatchi France, as put by Copyranter: "The World Trade Center architects should have stopped at about 50 floo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    The James L. Dolan Honorary Scholarship for Media Reporting: A Kickstarter Project

    ​Prolific blogger, re-blogger, and columnist Anthony "SoupSoup" DeRosa is trying to harness the awesome power of KickStarter - a website that helps facilitate people who are looking to source out funding for their own projects - for the power of "good."

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Twitting and Twatting

    A brief public service announcement to remind you that you can follow us at ForkintheRoadVV, where we're twitting away every day.

  • Voice Choices

    November 17, 2009


    Peter Fischli and David Weiss resurrect their animal avatars

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Restrospective: Bad Celebrity Ads

    Slashfood rounds up the weirdest celebrity food commercials, including the famously botched frozen pea voice-over by Orson Welles and a cringe-worthy Pringles ad starring a young, shirtless Brad Pitt. As a rule of thumb, the best in celebrity ad weirdness can be found in those commercials filmed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    OutHistory Chronicles the Voice's "Contemptuous Attitude Toward the Gay Community" (in 1969)

    Pride Week, already? We have to thank the Times for pointing out the OutHistory site and its latest historical findings on the Stonewall Riot -- including the first confirmed name of a female arrested in the fracas (Marilyn Fowler), and a record of a Stonewall biting ("Biting has not earlier been do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    YouTube Treasure: Crazed Endorsement for Grand Hotel

    I love commercials where they find some shrieking patron to rabidly rave about a Broadway musical, since professional critics would rather stay off camera and maintain some dignity. I'll never forget the ad for whatever show it was, with some wacky British woman saying she adored it, "and I'm not a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Fuck vegetables? Hell, yeah!

    'Veggie Love': PETA's Banned Super Bowl Ad PETA's banned video advises: Once you go broccoli, you never go back. Is that a carrot in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? NBC won't let PETA even try to ask that question, banning the animal-rights group's proposed Super Bowl ad campaign. FO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Mmm…(In)tolerance! The Post's "Jihad Train"

    Yeah, yeah, yeah: the New York Post is a sensational tabloid, a scandal sheet that blows things way out of proportion. We've heard it before. Well, guess what: the sun still rises in the east and sets in the west, and the Post is blowing something out of proportion yet again. This time, it's a serie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2007

    Adventures in Google's Contextual Advertising

    Ah, the magical irony that is Google. The indispensible Internet thingy’s second largest business operation is Adsense, an advertising revenue-sharing arrangement with thousands of bloggers and online news outlets, in which Google’s algorithms scan online content and match it with relevant ads ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    A Sobering Plan to End Subway Alcohol Advertising

    It's legal to drink a beer on the LIRR, but it might soon be illegal to advertise them on commuter rail line. A Brooklyn lawmaker says banning alcohol ads would be the first step toward prohibiting the consumption of booze as well. By John DeSio Alcohol advertising might pump much-needed revenue ... More >>

  • News

    August 1, 2006

    Publishers vs. the Censorbot

    As Google becomes more crucial to the revenues of online news sites, its practice of withholding ads from edgy stories threatens Web journalism.

  • NYC Life

    August 16, 2005

    When You Can't Make it on The O.C . . .

    Bloc Party and the Hold Steady shill for Target

  • Screens

    June 21, 2005

    Blue Chipping

    In 23 million years, Google will fall to the rebellion. And no, we don't mean 'Ask Jeeves'

  • News

    September 14, 2004

    Brown-Skin Lady

    Suede magazine wants advertisers to see its true colors—and spend some real green

  • News

    January 20, 2004

    Iraq the Vote!

    U.S. Wants Help in 'Branding' Its Colony's Elections

  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Green and Greener

    Village Voice Media Shows Its Colors

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Hip-Hop Goes Commercial

    Rappers Give Madison Avenue a Run for Its Money

  • Film

    July 2, 2002

    Losing His Religion

    Roy Andersson's Panic Rooms

  • News

    February 27, 2001

    Political Ads Shot Down

    Arab Americans See U.S. Media Bias

  • News

    March 21, 2000

    The Spy in the Gym

    Club Members Ripped About Electronic Surveillance

  • NYC Life

    January 18, 2000

    Ad Nauseam

    Do Explicit TV Commercials Make You Want to Pay Up or Throw Up?

  • News

    October 12, 1999

    Rise of the Vaccine Nation

    'The New Yorker' Joins the Campaign for a Disease-Free America

  • News

    March 16, 1999

    Marketing Speak

    This Phone Call Is Brought to You By...

  • NYC Life

    September 15, 1998

    Ad Nauseam

    The Cozy, Corrupt World of Fashion Magazines

  • News

    April 28, 1998

    Licensed to Sell

    Why Jingles Died and Licensed Pop Rules

  • News

    January 20, 1998

    Why Advertising Won't Ask Why

    Or, Why Buy Nikes? Because you can!

  • News

    September 23, 1997

    Network Not Funny

    ABC Celebrates Cerebral-Free TV

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