Message Recall – the podcast

Message Recall is a podcast series created by members of Adblock Bristol, discussing the history, tactics, and psychology of advertising in public spaces. Is it visual noise, or valid communication? This groundbreaking and entertaining treat for the ears is available for free online or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Simplecast. It is an easy, informative and…Continue reading Message Recall – the podcast

The trouble with billboards

I think that I shall never see,A billboard lovely as a tree.Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,I’ll never see a tree at all. Ogden Nash Advertising affects us all, whether we like it or not. You can read more about the impacts of advertising in general on our resources pages. But there are major concerns about…Continue reading The trouble with billboards

Sexism in Advertising – new report from RAP

In January 2021, Résistance à l’Agression Publicitaire (RAP), a French non-profit organisation, published a report entitled “Le Sexisme dans la publicité française. Rapport de l’observatoire de la publicité sexiste. 2019-2020”. This report highlights current sexism in advertising: stereotypes and gender injunctions conveyed by advertisement on a daily basis. At a time when ‘#MeToo’ has reached…Continue reading Sexism in Advertising – new report from RAP

Our Reports

Too close for comfort – A look into the Advertising Standards Authority and the case for more controls on advertising This hard-hitting report analyses data on complaints to the ASA, revealing that only 22% of complained-about adverts are investigated and only 2% upheld. The ASA’s rules are set by ad industry insiders. Adfree Cities makes…Continue reading Our Reports

ASA Report: Too close for comfort - A look into the Advertising Standards Authority and the case for more controls on advertising

New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has come under fire for weak and slow enforcement of advertising rules, and for being in the pockets of the ad industry, in a new report out this week. The hard-hitting report analyses data on complaints to the ASA, revealing that only 22% of complained-about adverts are investigated and only…Continue reading New report exposes failures of advertising regulator, ASA