Microsoft and Clip Art Follies
This is why I love the web & blogosphere these days. It's getting just a little harder to get away with bullshit every day. :) Threads cross at on Dave's site and Metafilter, among other sites, and Microsoft's counter-Switch ad is revealed.
Man. And they even used a clip art image for the "real person". I've not been in the web biz, ad biz, or promotions biz for very long at all, but I've already developed a cynical chuckle for clip art people. I've either searched through sources myself, or been at the shoulder of a creative director while she or he did the searching. It doesn't take very long until you can nail it when you see it.
But clip art in and of itself isn't bad - it's when an attempt is made to pass the clip art over as some kind of candid reality... that's when a company really shows how smart they think you are. :)
(Oh, and P.S.: Can you people please stop using those "photographer standing on a stool over a model looking up" posed images? It really doesn't convey hip, cool, or clever.)