A lot of the outdoors advertising in Leeds never received approval through the planning portal. Instead, it appeared one day, it stayed long enough and after ten years received its legal status, under what is called “deemed consent”. In an initiative that we call “Adblock Detectives”, we screen the streets of Leeds for unauthorised ads…Continue reading Adblock Detectives on deemed consent ads
The original article is published at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. This article includes data for additional cities. The problem It is not hard to find reasons to dislike some forms of advertising. Among other things, advertising impacts communities by: Conveying sexist stereotypes, which likely increase body dissatisfaction, depression and lower self-esteem among the young public. Fueling social injustice by…Continue reading The environmental impacts of corporate advertising
Hi AdBlockers, We recently discovered that several digital ads on bus stops do not respect the conditions under which they were granted planning permission. We are calling out on you, Leeds residents, to help us find as many of those ads as we can so that we report them to the Leeds City Council. What…Continue reading Several digital bus stops in Leeds are breaching planning regulations
Message Recall is a recently launched, ongoing podcast series discussing the history, tactics, and psychology of advertising in public spaces. There are now two 30 minute-long episodes of this groundbreaking and entertaining treat for the ears, available for free online or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Simplecast. Created by members of Adblock Bristol, this podcast…Continue reading Visual noise or valid communication? Message Recall podcast
If you’ve been walking/biking/driving/existing around the streets of Leeds at night, you have definitely come across illuminated ads: either on bus shelters, big digital billboards, simple 6-sheet on the pavements… And have you ever stopped to think how much electricity is wasted on telling you what to buy and how to be? At AdBlock Leeds,…Continue reading The ads in Leeds consume as much electricity as … 3,300 people!
Activists in 10 UK cities have covered billboards and bus stops with spoof HSBC adverts, accusing HSBC of ‘climate colonialism’ and demanding the bank end its financing of fossil fuels, detention centres and climate destruction. Over 250 billboards, bus stops and tube ads featuring HSBC advertisements have been hijacked (IMAGES HERE), including in London and…Continue reading Campaigners reject HSBC’s ‘net-zero ambition’, targeting billboards over ‘climate colonialism’