Posted by: Taylor Hoff | September 30, 2009

Irony In Captivity

Don’t care for the eSurance-esque character, but it’s so very true, and it promotes a great product. The guy who made this ad is none other than DVD-joe, the famed sharpie pen pirate of the early 2000’s. He defeated Sony’s million dollar copyright system with just a humble sharpie. He’s back now, freeing your iPods from the tyranny of iTunes. Be free my friends, be free.
-TDH

Steve Jobs Gets a Dose of His Own Medicine

By Jesus Diaz, 6:20 PM on Tue Sep 29 2009, 11,568 views

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Back in 1984, IBM was Big Brother—dominating one boring world of beige and mainframes—and Steve Jobs was the rebel. In 2009, Apple and Jobs are the Big Brother of media in a world of white earbuds.

At least, that’s what DoubleTwist—a company that makes software to use iTunes with any media device—thinks. That’s why they turned the famous “1984” SuperBowl commercial against Apple and Steve Jobs himself.

The original Apple “1984” ad was commissioned by Steve Jobs to agency Chiat/Day. The ad was written by Steve Hayden and art directed by Brent Thomas, with creative direction by Jobs’ pal Lee Clow. The Apple board didn’t want to air “1984”, but at the end Jobs got it in the SuperBowl, becoming the most famous and cost-effective commercial in the history of TV advertisement. It featured a nameless heroine sporting a t-shirt with the Macintosh Picasso icon, being chased by policemen who are unable to stop her as she throws a hammer against a screen that has a large number of people idiotized.

Of course, in the original ad, the man in the screen is a representation of IBM, and the Mac manages to break the Big Brother brain washing. In the DoubleTwist ad, however, the man in the screen is Steve Jobs. And, supposedly, this October 6 they will get all of the hypnotized fanboys out of the Kool-Aid loop. Good luck with that, people.

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