Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet

By James P. Othmer

Adland digs deep into what advertising means – to the people who work in it, to the Internet gurus, to the rest of us who consume advertising. It is about the nature of the vocation and the reincarnation of a multi-billion dollar industry in the information age.

The chapter entitled “Idea Factories” chronicles unique advertising agencies such as 42 Entertainment, Toy New York, Fahrenheit 212, Droga5 as well as BBDO, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and Time Warner Global Media Group.

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About the Author:
Jim Othmer is a former creative director at Young & Rubicam, author of the novel, The Futurist.

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