One of our readers wrote to tell us that a certain big name
in entertainment advertising is "canning all their old AD's and replacing them
with young, nubile, cheaper refugees" from a recently folded agency. (At first
glance we misread this as they were caning all the old art directors and we were shocked, we tell you,
Sadly, it is a common practice in businesses all across our
once-great nation to replace experienced workers with newer, cheaper
models. A twentysomething still living at home is willing and able to work an
80 hour week for a fraction of what a grown up with a mortgage and a family
demands. And don’t get us started about the joys of running an unpaid intern
into the ground.
That being said, we know nothing of a specific incident of canning - or caning - of old art directors taking place in our industry, however, we will leave
it open for our readers to discuss this topic in their usual folksy, good-natured way.