Life in a box
It's been going round the blog traps, but I can't help mentioning it here as well: The Ad Generator creates fake advertisements from random images on flickr and sliced up bits of advertising jargon. If you're patient enough for the generator to plough through the chaff, there are some beauties in the juxtaposition of image and text.
But as I watched for that elusive single combination of image and text that screamed of great insight, to no avail, I realised it was about the whole exercise rather than any one image. I was captured, however, by the sheer ridiculousness of the language. Beauty in idiocy. Ad Generator's creator, Alexis Lloyd, says:
By remixing corporate slogans, I intend to show how the language of advertising is both deeply meaningful, in that it represents real cultural values and desires, and yet utterly meaningless in that these ideas have no relationship to the products being sold.Found through Lawyers, Guns and Money and Barista. It's pretty ingenious.