AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: January 2009

The imminent death of advertising?

The “Clean City” law passed a couple of years ago in Sao Paulo, stripping the Brazilian city of all advertising. Today, France is following suit, with prime-time television ditching advertising, as Sarkozy’s media reforms got under way. The plan is to phase it out by 2011. Sarkozy says the move will allow state-run channels to make better quality programmes because they will no longer have to attract large audiences in order to secure advertising revenue.

Interesting idea, and it would be cool to see if that indeed does affect quality. I think it might backfire, because without the huge advertising revenues, money might be a bit short in supply to actually produce anything of top quality. But who knows.

[via BBC]

Best of 2008

2008 is over, thank God. Good in its first half, shitty in its second, I’m hoping for a happier, healthier, less busy 2009.
But before we bury 2008 (though I’m like five days too late), here are some of my favorite posts published on this blog that was rather neglected in 2008. 2008’s motto: I <3 my family. January: Revealed: The Ammanite War of Brands!

February:
Darabak 3ein: on the Evil Eye

March:
Her

April:
The Pirate Migration

May:
Baba

June:
Fifa Through the Ages
Abandoned

July:
Numbers
Roots and Homes

August:
On August
National Security Alert: Faisali vs. Wehdat

September:
News (paper)
It’s Official: Facebook is the most important thing in the world wide world.
A Gold for Eating

October:
Black & white, but can you see the red?

November:
Whatever happened to Cinema in Palestine? For one, Cinema Al-Assi
Real-Life Photoshop

December:
Jesus is Palestinian: Christmas in Bethlehem

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