Tactics That Tame Intrusive Advertising

Tactics That Tame Intrusive Advertising

LAST weekend, Lindley Ross was watching “Batman Returns” on cable when he was ambushed. Skip to next paragraphEnlarge This Image Illustration by Gary Hallgren It wasn’t the Penguin or any other criminal mastermind — it was the deafening volume of the commercials that played during the movie. “It bothers me. You’re watching a movie, you’re absorbed in it, and next thing you know, you get caught by surprise. I had to get up, find the remote and turn down the volume,” he says.No one is denying that advertising is a part of life

Confessions of a Phone Solicitor

Confessions of a Phone Solicitor

Word comes from Madison, Wis., that a telemarketer named Ted Zoromski quit his job this week over John McCain’s message. Skip to next paragraphTony Cenicola/The New York Times Gail Collins Go to Columnist Page The Conversation Times columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins discuss the 2008 presidential race.All Conversations Zoromski was prepared to interrupt people during their dinner hours to encourage them to vote Republican. But when he got the script saying “you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans,” he packed it in. “Even though I was paid to do it, I didn’t feel comfortable,” Zoromski told WKOW-TV

For Half a Cent, a Call That Informs, and Annoys

The growing number of automated calls has alarmed privacy lovers and those who resist commercialism.

Big Fine Set for Wachovia to End Case

Big Fine Set for Wachovia to End Case

The Wachovia Corporation agreed on Friday to pay as much as $144 million to end an investigation that accuses the bank of allowing telemarketers to use its accounts to steal millions of dollars. The settlement, one of the largest penalties ever demanded by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, concludes an 18-month […]

Papers Show Wachovia Knew of Thefts

Papers Show Wachovia Knew of Thefts

The bank solicited business from companies it knew had been accused of telemarketing crimes, documents show.

Battling Ghost Calls, That Telemarketing Annoyance

Battling Ghost Calls, That Telemarketing Annoyance

Ghost calls have long been a staple of horror movies and urban legends. But the culprit behind what is becoming a common occurrence may have a less than otherworldly explanation.