Another advertising pet peeve: why does nearly every young male in every ad have to be unshaven? It’s beyond a cliche by now... beer ads, phone ads, burger ads... any time several young male friends are together, several will be conspicuously unshaven. (Also: at least one will be wearing flannel, and if there are more than three, guaranteed one will be black.) I’m sure they focus-group the hell out of these ads and find that young men respond to these sloppy-looking idiots. Me, I just see the cliche. Again.

—Brad, 11/07