Thursday, September 24, 2009

On reading the newspaper the old-fashioned way

While I'm not one of those anti-advertising fanatics, I will say that I found it slightly disturbing that the NYT Styles cover story on Coco Chanel's legacy sits right next to a massive back-page ad for Chanel No. 5 perfume, featuring the actress playing Chanel in some new movie. Then, when you read further (which you would, too, if Verizon hadn't hooked up your Internet), you'll find the rest of the article falls on a page with an ad for the movie itself. These ads did kind of take something away from the article's message, which was that Chanel just sort of is in the culture, that the power of the name is not something of which we need to be reminded.

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