“Is your skin colour holding you back? Are you tired of systemic prejudice ruining your day?”
Advertising veterans George Logothetis and Graham Clifford took part in a bit of blasphemous product placement over Easter, with their Product Placement Bible. The result is a humorous (or not so humorous depending on the individual) website which imagines scripture sponsored by some of the world’s top brands.
Continuing our ridiculous series on what the government could buy with the measly tax dollars it earns from tech multinationals, we decided to turn the barb toward Google, which was recently revealed to have paid only $227,000 in tax over the course of 2013. And while this is ten times more than the pittance paid by Facebook, it still didn’t quite measure up to what one would expect from an organisation that made US$15.42 billion of revenue globally in the quarter ended 31 March 2014. When the Herald reported on Google’s tax bill, it went for the optimistic headline ‘Google’s NZ tax bill on the up’. And since the team here at StopPress also tends to be optimistic about everything except for the livers of those working in the ad industry, we decided to compile a list of all things National could splash out on at its probable re-election party later this year.
Lawyers have the reputation of being officious scumbags that are interested in little beyond overcharging clients. So, in an effort to show solidarity with the average person on the streets, criminal defence lawyer Daniel Muessig has created a bizarre promotional video that features a series of actors engaged in a variety of crimes.
Having grown tired of the approach taken by conventional journalists, a group of self-professed philosophers has founded a new news media outlet that aims offer a different take on the issues that usually pervade tabloids. Part satire, part insightful, the stories published on the site reimagine seemingly meaningless events as moments of newsworthy importance.