Pope decries commercial ‘pollution’ of Christmas
Instead of thousands of dollars’ worth of toys and gadgets, why not pick up a nativity crib for the house this Christmas? That’s the view of Pope Benedict, who warned against the holiday season’s rampant consumerism in his weekly blessing at St. Peter’s Square yesterday. “In today’s consumer society, this time of the year unfortunately suffers from a sort of commercial ‘pollution’ that threatens to alter its real spirit,” he told the crowd. He urged more sober celebrations and said a nativity crib would be “a simple but effective way [for parents] to show their faith and convey it to their children.” Of course, nativity sets aren’t exactly non-commercial products. Some are so pricey that you have the option of paying on an installment plan.
—Posted by Tim Nudd
- Shazam Introduces Engagement Metric for TV Ads
- Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings Dead at 33
- iCrossing Hires Moxie And Razorfish Vets
- FCC Chairman Nominee Says Broadband Is Top Priority
- Viacom Finishes Major Upfront Biz
- Condé Nast Swaps Lucky Editor
- YouTube's Wigs Headed to Hulu
- Agency.com Co-founder Joins Prophet
- DM9 Jayme Syfu Wins Mobile Grand Prix for Turning Cellphones Into Textbooks
- Ogilvy Adds Two More Grand Prix—in Outdoor and Media
- Maxipad Brand Goes for Blood in Brilliant Reply to Facebook Rant
- Rapture-Palooza Star Anna Kendrick Is Addicted to Reddit
- Barbarian Group Wins Inaugural Innovation Lions Grand Prix for Its Cinder Coding Platform
- Pretty Much Everyone Is Doing Native Ads Now
- What's So Good About 'Dumb Ways to Die'?
- Instagram Video Invites Ads Speculation, Puts Vine on Notice
AdFreak is your daily blog of the best and worst of creativity in advertising, media, marketing and design. Follow us as we celebrate (and skewer) the latest, greatest, quirkiest and freakiest commercials, promos, trailers, posters, billboards, logos and package designs around. Edited by Adweek's Tim Nudd. Updated every weekday, with a weekly recap on Saturdays.