My Country Is Not A Brand
Branding was originally an approach for creating reputations for commercial products. Over time, it has come to be applied to almost everything, from high school sports
to school meal programs;
to research centers;
from art museums
to ballet companies
to cultural institutions;
from political campaigns
Today, even nations have become brands.Item:
Last month, we flew to Toronto to attend the Ontario Design Thinkers Conference.
— a conference in which the weakest presentation came from Jeff Swystun, the Global Director of Interbrand. Among other objectionable tactics (Swystun showed considerable work produced by other designers, none of whom were credited), his canned PowerPoint presentation displayed, at a certain point, three brand logos simultaneously: Kodak, the Bay (a leading Canadian retail brand), and the American flag. I was outraged, and all I could think was, my country is not a brand.Item:
That same week, Robert George wrote a cover story
for The New Republic
titled "Conscientious Objector: Why I Can't Vote for Bush." This is how he ended his indictment: "At crucial points before and after the Iraq war, Bush's middle manager's have failed him, and the 'brand' called America has suffered in the world market." According to his argument, U.S...