WBEZ | commercial http://www.wbez.org/tags/commercial Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 1970s Detroit Institute of Arts commercial shows works now slated for sale http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-12/1970s-detroit-institute-arts-commercial-shows-works-now-slated-sale-109406 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Detroit-Bankruptcy-Art-5.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G535ixpwQso" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Another sad chapter in the book of Detroit is playing out today: the Motor City is sizing up masterpieces in its city-owned art museum for a possible sale.</p><p>Detroit has hired auction house&nbsp;Christie&#39;s Fine Art Auctioneer&nbsp;to find out the works&#39; value, and detailed appraisal released Wednesday shows the works are worth between $454 million and $867 million if sold. Thankfully, this only covers museum pieces owned by the city itself, about five percent of the total collection.&nbsp;</p><p>A final report is expected today, showing the value of individual pieces.</p><p>The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum has one of the nation&#39;s most important collections with works by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, frescoes by Diego Rivera, and much more. Museums are the only way most of us will ever see pieces like this in real life.</p><p>And compounding the shame, if the works are sold, it may not even turn on a single street light, feed one person, or buy an extra police patrol in Detroit. Instead, the profit would likely be used to pay down a portion of the city&#39;s billion-dollar debt.</p><p>All of this is the context in which the above Detroit Institute of Arts&nbsp;commercial must be viewed. Made in the comparatively happier days of 1976, the musical spot showcases the fine collection&mdash;I even spotted a Calder in the montage.</p><p>To think that it could now be a video sales brochure makes the heart sink.</p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-12/1970s-detroit-institute-arts-commercial-shows-works-now-slated-sale-109406 Facebook's first commercial confirms inflated sense of self-worth http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/facebooks-first-commercial-confirms-inflated-sense-self-worth-102941 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/fbcommercial.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Facebook released its first television commercial Friday. CEO <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/News/The-Things-That-Connect-Us-1c7.aspx" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg says</a> it&#39;s in honor of the social network welcoming its billionth member, though coming after <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2012/09/facebook_s_stock_decline_mark_zuckerberg_ignores_shareholder_complaints_about_it_and_that_s_a_good_thing_.html" target="_blank">two months of stagnant stock market performance</a> it could be meant to reassure anxious stockholders.</p><p>In the ad, Facebook positions itself as a utility as elemental as a chair. Here&#39;s the 90 second version of the ad:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c7SjvLceXgU?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>For a website that&#39;s already been immortalized by an Oscar-nominated film, the ad struck me as overwrought. The emotional manipulation of the ad goes from modest (&quot;Chairs are like Facebook&quot;), to inflated (&quot;Doorbells, Airplanes, Bridges. These are things people use to get together&quot;) to grandiose (&quot;A great nation is something people build so they can have a place where they belong.&quot;). The whopper comes at the end where Facebook claims it&#39;s the answer to the age old problem of existential angst.</p><p>That&#39;s the exact opposite conclusion some social scientists had in <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/308930/" target="_blank">recent well-publicized articles</a>. Some conclude that Facebook use can contribute to feelings of loneliness. They also see it adding to narcissism. From this commercial, it looks like Facebook may have had the same effect on the company&#39;s self-image.</p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/facebooks-first-commercial-confirms-inflated-sense-self-worth-102941