Sunday, November 08, 2009

Gambling with Faces

Maura Casey's Gambling with Lives and David Schaengold's A Dicey Proposal are both worth a read, the latter especially because of the positive urban vision that inspires it. The articles give me chance to mention Seattle's brilliant covert anti-gambling ads. At first this Seattle airport banner for the Tulalip Casino seems straightforwardly promotional. Who doesn't want "luxury and fun"? But on closer look, would anyone really want to look like this? Or worse, like this? Ever?

Good work Seattle. Such ads approximate the "this is your brain on drugs" fried egg level of effectiveness. Vancouver's River Rock casino is not far behind.