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Saturday, October 04, 2021

In conjunction with the upcoming premiere of “Life on Mars” (itself an American remake of the BBC original), ABC is co-branding part of the New York Daily News‘ website to create customized 1973-era newspages.

The kicker: It appears that these faux sections contain actual, for-real Daily News bylines and stories, like this Houston mass murder item and George Steinbrenner’s purchase of the Yankees for $10 million. It’s a subtle reminder that, for all the content that’s to be found online, there’s still a ton of stuff from decades ago that isn’t (and maybe never will be) digitized.

Overall, for a marketing tie-in, it’s a very nice touch, perfectly in keeping with the show’s 1973 setting.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/04/2021 08:18:45 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., History, Internet, New Yorkin', TV, True Crime
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getting along famouslyIt was nice of the McCain campaign to mask the identity of Sarah Palin’s praiser in this post-VP debate Web tower ad (which went live on major news websites).

Because, you know, your typical “Famous Person” is just so painfully exposure-shy.

Is the GOP manufacturing glowing quotes, to be assigned later? Nothing quite so nefarious. Turns out that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan is the mystery quote-ee; that “Famous Person” label is a placeholder that survived a sloppy copy editing and vetting job by some underqualified campaign hack — probably this one, in fact:

“Is she not a famous person?” asked McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb, queried about the ad. Given an assent that Noonan is, indeed, famous (or, at least, famous in political circles), he continued, “OK, so what’s the problem?”

At least they got the quote right: “She killed. It was her evening. She was the star.” As for how accurate that assessment was… Well, far be it from me to argue with someone famous.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/04/2021 07:05:05 PM
Category: Internet, Politics
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Here’s the view floor-ward on the subway platform for the downtown No. 6 train at Grand Central Station (as opposed to Grand Central Terminal). Embiggered version on Flickr.

I’m not at this station every day, but I’ve stood there enough times that I really should have noticed this tile-lettering before now. Maybe it’s because GCS is a generally drab-looking and unremarkable stop, especially when compared to downtown stations that have more intricately-decorative tiling. On the off-chance that I’d never notice this “Step Aside” signifier again, I cameraphoned it quick.

And after I did, I looked at it a few seconds more, and wondered: Would it be improved if it read “Step Astride” instead? Sometimes you need that extra-big step to get on the other side of that sliding door…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 10/04/2021 01:15:31 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Photography
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