The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

It’s A Fine Line Between ‘Inspiration’ & ‘Frustration’ …
September 14, 2009, 6:34 am
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So this week I’m in Singapore for the SPIKES – and even though it’s focus is on the ‘digital’ side of communication life – for all intents and purposes, it is Asia’s Cannes.

Now as I’ve written in the past, I feel Cannes often ends up being a self-indulgent wankfest … but to be fair, most ad conferences end up that way and it drives me nuts because as much as it is important to enjoy and celebrate what this industry can do, its continued reluctance to address some of the fundamental issues that are undermining its value and potential shows a mixture of arrogance, delusion and downright fear.

To be honest, I have high hopes for this conference because putting aside the speakers who attend the opening of an envelope [ie: me and David Droga, ha!] they’ve got a really good cross section of speakers including the inspirational creative advocate, Sir Ken Robinson … however there’s still no company CEO’s or member of the general public being allowed to vent on stage, so there’s still that danger the only debate that will occur is that age old – and to a certain extent – irrelevant ‘the future of ideas’.

I still hope that one day there’ll be a conference where they literally get people from opposing sides of the fence debating against each other – think Michael Moore vs Bill O’Reilly – because not only would it be entertaining, but the audience would get breadth and depth of debate rather than the usual one-sided and gentle approach.

Hell, it might also mean people end up leaving the event feeling both inspired and questioning their own initial views – which given the current state of communication conservatism, might be a great thing.

Anyway, here’s hoping this conference has debate as well as celebration – though I might not be able to tell as I intend to have my head right up Sir Ken’s arse. [Metaphorically, not literally – unless he promises me a romantic dinner]

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im glad you fucking admit youd turn up to the opening of a pair of curtains because even fucking obama doesnt make as many public appearances as you and people actually want to see him.

how fucking desperate is asia to keep having you be an argumentative shit?

dont be too much of an easy lay for sir kenneth and stir some crap or ill start thinking youve become one of ‘them’.

i see one of your bestest friends in the whole wide world of shamvertising is also speaking at your childrens party. i trust you will be handling this situation in the right way. you know what the fucking right way is dont you campbell?

Comment by andy@cynic

I wish I was there to see the shocked faces when a man who works for Microsoft, Google and Apple slags off the people who claim technology is the most powerful way to market to society.

That will be your pitch won’t it Rob? I know you and your opinionated ways so well. 🙂

Comment by Bazza

Shall we run a book on how long we think you’ll take to upset someone?

Comment by DH

1-200 — Less than 5 minutes
1-10 — 5 to 10 minutes
2-1 — 10 to 20 minutes
10-1 — 20 to 30 minutes
25-1 — 30 to 40 minutes
50-1 — 40 to 50 minutes
100-1 — 50 to 60 minutes
20000000000000-1 — More than 60 minutes

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Opposing sides of the fence…
Imagine it, Andy v Rob
Marcus v Sir Sorrell
Jordan v Peter

Comment by northern

campbell isnt on the opposing side of me. not unless i tell him too.

Comment by andy@cynic

And does he listen?

Comment by John

are you questioning my man power dodds?

Comment by andy@cynic

That sounds lightly homo erotic. That explains a lot.

Comment by northern

What’s “lightly” homo erotic mean?

Does it mean they don’t clench their fist so tight?

Comment by Bazza

whats it explain np? your fucking hard core 3″ erection?

Comment by andy@cynic

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