Monday, October 22, 2007

Another Proposed Paper Topic

"Make Love to Your Starbucks: The Semiotics of the Coffee Cup in Advertising"

6 comments:

Pete said...

Note to the Seattle Coffee Overlords: publish one of my short stories on your cups, one paragraph at a time, and I'll only charge you $1 per 100 cups. Deal?

Josh Maday said...

This is brilliant, Pete. I mean, the exposure would put to shame that of Esquire. Those quotes they have on the cups now could easily be replaced by, say, a 100-word story, or, as you say, the next paragraph of a short story, which would be even better for sales because readers will want to know what happens next. Serial fiction of the age of the sound-byte. 21st Century Dickens.

Great idea. Please let me know if someone from Starbucks contacts you. I won't tell anyone else. I promise.

Pete said...

I'm sure some starving short story writer already pitched them the idea. The Overlords merely paused, cackled bitterly, and then turned their attention back to their mountainous piles of hundred-dollar bills.

Josh Maday said...

So you heard about that, eh?

Pete said...

Oh, what the hell - I think I'll pitch it to them. That way, when I get turned down, only to see them give another writer the identical cup treatment six months from now, I'll have some fine self-righteous indignation to comfort me. And another reason to not drink the scorched, sugar-infested sludge they're serving these days.

Josh Maday said...

Self-righteous indignation is also a pretty hot commodity these days, so you'd probably get charged for it. What's it going for, $3.95, 4.50? Yes, I'd like a Sugar-free, fat-free, Self-Righteous Indignation. Venti, please.