Thursday, November 17, 2005

Welcome to Sell-out City, USA

We're running out of ad space. Bus stops, billboards, internet pop-ups, and radio and TV commercials ain't enough. You want to put your business on the map? Why not pay a small town to rename itself after your business and literally put your business on the map?

Clark, Texas renames the town to Dish, Texas after the Dish Network offered a decade of free satelite TV to the tiny town and its 55 homes. In 2000 Halfway, Oregon changed its name temporarily to Half.com, Oregon in exchange for $100,000 to the town and a computer lab for a school. Click here for full article.

2 Comments:

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Giselle Velazquez said...

Well....it's not exactly a new phenomenon. In 1950, the tiny town of Hot Springs changed its name, after a radio game show offered to broadcast live from the first town that renamed itself in honor of the show. Which is how we ended up with a town named Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Besides, I like the sound of Dish, Texas. I'd much rather be a Disher than a Clarker.

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger fabumisskbw said...

This is extremely scary. Because if corporations buy small local governments who knows where it would end. It'll may end get to the point where it won't be implied that corporations buy the federal government; it will be totally 100 percent in our face.

 

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