That Silicon Valley & Alley are both massively
dick-heavy is not news—if you’ve ever been to a tech trade show, well, you know.
Therefore, it makes sense that tech company ad agencies would put their best
men on the job, and only men. How’s that working out? Take a
This newish campaign manages to insult both IT people and all
the rest of us. That’s because the “guys” are both unfunny condescending
assholes and complete fucking losers. “You wouldn’t understand what we’re
doing, honey, just go post your cat photos, and hey, can I fuck your homely
ass?” A second spot, set at a rock concert, is just as
bad—“enjoy the show” (you unemployed fucking dumbass stoner loser).
“Rethink Possible” is AT&T’s current tagline. They
should turn that slogan around to face themselves.
Ad agency: BBDO NYC. Creative team: seven men.
Norton: “Boldly Go”
“…The boldest email has yet
to be opened. The boldest app has yet to be bought. The boldest file has yet to
But the worst ever internet security commercial
has now been written, so close your laptops, young ad scribes.
guys, our ad bites, so let’s at least shoot in black & white to add bogus
gravitas. And get some pretentious girl who sounds like she goes to Hogwarts to
do the V/O.”
creative team on this awful new spot by Grey San Francisco? Six
LG G Flex “the most human
loved this creepy-ass ad so much, released earlier this year, that they’ve removed
it from their official
I’m all for super surreal shit, if the writing’s funny and I’m sold on the
product. Yeah—no and no.
(What do you think Danny’s hand phone looks more like—a heavily bearded clam or a very
hairy asshole? Also, logically, the mouth should be in the fingers, and the ear
in the palm.)
don’t have the credits for this spot, but you can bet all your shiny “gold” ad awards
that the creative team was XY.
Toshiba “Field testing with
Matt & Jamie”
Oh goodie: another unfunny pair of
spokes-jerkoffs. The “field testing” concept is sometimes a good if unoriginal
idea—at least I’ll maybe see some product benefits for my time. But again: the
writing here is just epically bad. Fat macho Matt calls Toshiba’s tech people
“dorks” and us “nerds.” He’s an ironic character. Maybe.
made nine of these terrible field test spots. If you’d like to waste eight more
minutes of your life like I did, you can watch the rest of them here. Their laptop fails a monster truck
passes a jumper
that makes zero sense. Their tablet screen cracks when it’s thrown like a
Like Matt, these “tests” are “ironic,” irony being, ostensibly, a formula for
these ads are an improvement over their “get unstressed with Lucy” (and her
exposed tits) Toshiba commercials from 2012 (all balls
creative team, btw). Toshiba thinks they’ve scrubbed the Internet of all traces
of this amazingly crass and sexist campaign. Sorry,
Then, there are the endless Apple-bashing
commercials of Samsung.
Now I’m all for bashing Apple, but Samsung has no continuity, no Big Idea. It’s
just a bunch of one-off reactionary
that make the Korean company look childish, and much smaller and less important
than they are.
of course, the creative teams on almost every Samsung tech spot you’ve seen—via
Cheil & Partners (their worldwide agency), the UK’s CHI & Partners, and
RG/A and 72andSunny in America—are all dudes. I’m not linking to all the spots,
but you can look up the credits on Adfreak and Ads of the World.
The best tech ads from the last five years have been by Google. And many of Google's spots are created in-house, like this Cannes Lion-winning Google Instant ad from 2011.
The copywriter? Yes, a man. And a man wrote this playful campaign for Google Play, another favorite of mine. But Google has at least, occasionally, let women into the "ideation" process. Google is not a stupid company.
Besides the bro-culture, another problem with tech ads
is that they’re made with one eye on Silicon Valley, one eye on NASDAQ, and one
eye on the company's own fucking navel, which doesn’t leave very many eyes for the
people who might be interested in buying their overpriced nonessential
products. So what you end up with is tech companies figuratively rubbing one
out on camera. Right
flummoxed that the supposed best analytical minds in the world can’t
make/approve better ads. But—just maybe, guys?—if more women were involved
in creating and approving tech ads, the ads would be more creative and more
effective and less masturbatory bullshit?
Tech CEOs? It's probably worth giving some female creatives a shot. Remember: Frankenstein's monster, one of history's most innovative high tech ideas, was created by a woman.