"Why can't we be more like them?"
Ah, memories... we here at SurReview can still remember fond childhood
days of paging through Betty Page-laden issues of "The Onion" back in
the fifties. The taste of a good vanillia malt still brings it all
back. And now, on the net: The Onion. Inspirational news and hijinks
from our hometown, and their "The Onion recommends..." section was a
formative influence on SurReview.
We here at SurReview can only dream of being as effective at molding
public perceptions of reality as Madison Avenue. Here's the online
site of the marketing industry's trade journal, spewing out both
breaking news and longer features. Very educational, and entertaining
Straining frantically to play Lex Luthor to Ad Age's Superman,
Adbusters is a heroic but probably futile attempt to turn the
strengths of the all-devouring media marketing gestalt against
itself. The Media Foundation takes itself a little too seriously, and
has a streak of Luddism a little too large, for us here at SurReview
to swallow their philosophy whole; but they are a seminal force in
culture jamming. One wonders how long can it be before the
establishment expropriates the techniques of adbusters and starts
using the Media Foundation's parodies of old ad campaigns as materials
for new ad campaigns?
You wouldn't think that there would be two ezines dedicated cheerfully
to spreading disinformation, would you? Sort of like SurReview's
handsomer, funnier, more popular older brother.
Everything connected to Negativland you'd ever want, and rants on
intellectual property issues as well. Negativland should be heroes to
Not a great website, but it's SurReview's favorite show.
A clearing house for rumors about upcoming movies; cool not so much
because it's accurate (which it is), but because of the rumors that
turn out not to be true -- tantalizing glimpses of rejected casting
choices, story outlines, and movies that will never be.
No one walks the fine line between snotty outrageousness for its own
sake and just plain good writing like Mr. Koyen, sole proprietor of
Crank. This is the online site to the print zine.
Why did they take away the X-Ray bats?