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Mac/PC Spoofs

Laurie McGuinness spoofs the Mac/PC ads. I'm always up for a good parody, but these are rather bad. Most of the ads seemingly exist just to poke fun at stereotypes.

In "Money," Mac is paid a dollar for graphic design work. In reality, graphic designers make a good bit of money and, last I heard, Mac users make more money on average than PC users. "Music" must be a Zune thing, but last I heard, even most Zune songs can't be shared and those that can have the "three" limit. And Apple has very different iPod ads, anyway…

The last two are the worst. In "Work," Mac is late for a meeting because he stayed up late doing a website for his cat and is stoned. In "Girl," PC goes on a skiing trip with a girl while Mac mixes music in his basement. When Apple did the "girl" thing, it was about interconnectivity - about how the girl (the digital camera, IIRC) hooked right up, after Mac and PC had created a network. It had a point other than… well heck, I'm not even sure what the point of "Girl" is supposed to be.

Virtually anyone with half a brain should be able to shoot two people standing on a white background. That's not hard. But Laurie is a copywriter, and pushing these ads out there as proof of his skills seems more detrimental than beneficial to me.

3 Responses to "Mac/PC Spoofs"

  1. Yeah...spotted these over at Wired a little while ago. I think some people don't like Apple enough that these can be hilarious.

    Either that, or the collective sense of humor of this country has diminished. I mean, people like Family Guy.

  2. I emailed her when they were first making their rounds, with about the same complaints.

    If there is something good to be said about them, i guess it's that they look somewhat professional, or at least compared to the other total garbage out there that must be done with a cameraphone and a mic made out of a tin-can and string...

    but you're right, these are pretty terrible.

  3. Jeffrey Foster said on May 27, 2007:

    I emailed her when they were first making their rounds, with about the same complaints.

    I wonder if he was offended that you referred to him as a "she." Hmmm, probably not - he's got to be used to it by now.

    Jeffrey Foster said on May 27, 2007:

    If there is something good to be said about them, i guess it's that they look somewhat professional, or at least compared to the other total garbage out there that must be done with a cameraphone and a mic made out of a tin-can and string...

    You're correct, but the guy isn't a commercial film director or even a camera operator - he bills himself as a copywriter. Eeek.


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