Tuesday, November 21, 2006

That's great. Did your fancy machine find that small, black umbrella I left at Grand Central Station last Friday?

Exactly whom is this ad targeting, MTA? Terrorists? Forgetful boobs like me? Nah. This ad was produced for one reason: so's that you could show off your shiny new picker-upper thingumajig. So that us subway/bus riders would nod and say "Ahh, that's why the fare keeps going up despite record MTA budget windfalls—utterly useless 'anti-terror' purchases."
(photo taken by advertising brand spanker Slinky Redfoot of brandspankin.com)
previous MTA posts:
1. 16 million eyes...
2. MTA. Very anal.

15 Comments:

Blogger Maulleigh said...

I left a bag at Grand Central Station; I was scared to death when this mechanical monster banged on my door at three a.m. to return it to me. Of course it went through my "lady things." Ruined a perfectly good Estee Lauder lip gloss.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that little guy. The ad reads like it was written from the robot's perspective, and he's taking your posessions to help him and his people build their mini-city underneath Penn Station.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

What scares/excites me is that it looks like an anal probe.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Lucia Toledo said...

Sounds like SubTalk to me-- the longest-running, most comical program to misuse the English language ever.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Microban said...

This type of vigilance program is the proverbial ounce of prevention (see London IRA bombings attempted and foiled) in an age of possible terror. The pound of "cure" is Bush administration foreign policy.

Now I remember why I hate Adbusters so much.t

11:58 AM  
Anonymous ricpic said...

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, is good.
But why not drop the IF YOU part?

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING, is better.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we get some cool robots like that queer one from the movie 'Short Circuit'?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They use robots so the bomb squad officer doesn't get his arms blown off. Take it from someone who has had to check out quite a few "suspicious packages"...it's pretty fu**ing scary until you find out that brown paper bag is someone's discarded lunch...then you can laugh about it. They don't pay us enough for this sh**!

3:16 PM  
Anonymous ahab said...

im in ur bagz
steelin ur laptopz

5:52 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Dude, I saw your umbrella. Seriously. It was on the Lost and Found ad, right next to the illustrated dentures.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Si ves algo, di algo.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Terror Prevention Tools by John Deere©

I would prefer something a little more James Bond - maybe do a tie in with Casino Royale. THAT would make me feel more secure. Not the DR Power Mower.

10:25 PM  
Blogger fairest said...

Do you remember those MTA ads fro, '91 to 95 that had that guy leaping between cars who looked remarkably like O.J. Simpson? Or maybe I'm getting that confused with the Afrin ads around that time. The guy putting the Afrin up his nose looked a lot like O.J. And at that time, you know, O.J. mattered.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous FishNChimps said...

James Bond? Don't make me laugh. 'Cos if you're talking about British technology, then you'd get something that's overbudget, sub-contracted out to dodgy unvetted companies, and will wear out after six days. Mind you, the small print will be watertight and there'll be no compensation if it blows up (v. likely).

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid ad... This is New York, so someone will walk off with any unattended bag within 10 minutes, well before any cop notices something "suspicious."

Fucking fear mongers.

6:04 PM  

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