Online pawn shop company, Pawngo, made themselves a lot less popular in Boston this afternoon as they dumped 900 pounds of Buterfinger candy bars in Copley Square making fun of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Obviously they're thinking any publicity is good publicity, and they sure got a lot of publicity out of this. That said, Boston hates them now, and a search of Twitter shows sentiment is overwhelmingly negative. I'm not sure how they imagined a mean-spirited PR stunt would go off any differently, but bringing it to Boston? Speaking as a Patriots fan, people might be mad at Wes Welker, but now they're MUCH angrier at Pawngo.
According to the City of Boston's website, the company is going to be charged with violating commercial dumping laws and the honorable pawn brokers of the Boston area are calling for the Attorney General to investigate Pawngo's business model.
Why do they want to make Ford Focus drivers look like people who knowingy take advantage of their friends?
It's a neat office in a good location (the South End, which is neat in and of itself, even if the burrito place around the corner isn't good anymore) and the people are great. If you're interested, let me know and I'll put you in touch.
I'll just add that while this feels like more than a clever marketing plan (appeal to the internets and get the internets to provide the marketing heavy lifting). What it looks like to me is that they're trying to give the show a cult following more quickly than it would on it's own with standard Hollywood guests. By turning Late Night into Internet Culture's TV show of choice, they're following the 'niche theory of blogging'. I wonder if it will work or if the internet is too varied a niche? Is Late Night the first niche TV talk show in history? What will the internet send NBC when they cancel Late Night, old iPod shuffles?
On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years â€“ from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe Iâ€™ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldnâ€™t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I wonâ€™t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, thereâ€™s no way it could have been. And though Iâ€™ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.
I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didnâ€™t capture everything, though Iâ€™ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until thatâ€™s possible, I just read a lot. I donâ€™t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isnâ€™t black), but hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.
This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.
Celebrate! - A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! - A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers - 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling - Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions - Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won - Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost - Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice - There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race - Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business - What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media - Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor - Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous - Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends - Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours - Just what it says.
Via - Hereâ€™s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together â€“ the sources.
â€œIf there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.â€