Philip Adams

This man is one of my heroes, this is the first time I’ve heard much about his life history and I am quite surprised that we have so much in common. I met him in my teens when he talked about advertising to a youth group I was part of.

It was most informative and the first I knew that TV shows and magazines were built around the advertisers. I had somehow how assumed certain shows or articles attracted certain types of advertising.

He brought some very popular magazines and had us tear out the full-page ads. When compiled it was quite obvious who this magazine was aimed at. Who might read these articles then purchase these goods and services that the ads focused on.

Meaning that ads target an audience and then the shows and articles are built up around that target audience until the ads are presented in a glossy package to seduce us into consumerism. Wow, I had no idea!

He wrote a regular column in The Australian, a national paper … and it seems only one of the many newspapers he wrote regular columns for. I would buy this paper, not cheap, just for his column and then discovered the employment section which advertised jobs in various parts of Australia.

Boom I started applying for jobs around the countryside with contracts being my preferred term of employment to enable a broader variety of positions. Of course I didn’t get every job I applied for but often got interviews in exotic locations that meant my costs were covered. For example Brewarrina in the outback, job went to an unqualified niece of the interviewer.

And Katherine in the Northern Territory, interview was in the wet season and the plane couldn’t take off. So after a few days on the settlement they drove me up to Darwin stopping off to see their uncle catching crocodiles. You couldn’t pay for such personal tours or visit such amazing places.

The key takeaways from this interview are “universe remains devoid of meaning but ”love friendship and compassion can fill the void” PM and “The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step” Pablo Casals

Please be sure to listen to the videos of Phillip’s view on pop art and football, absolutely hilarious!

Photo and article from the ABC



  1. I have much to catch up on. You are spot on though that “Meaning that ads target an audience and then the shows and articles are built up around that target audience until the ads are presented in a glossy package to seduce us into consumerism. Wow, I had no idea!”

    And that writers need to advertise or self promote. A lesson that one can take away what is important to them. Do what you enjoy and not worry about payment. Or be uncomfortable (or comfortable with) self promotion.

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  2. Yes, life can sneer at people’s best intentions. Thank you for showing the subject of the advertisement and the profile of the journalist.

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  3. Mr. Adams sounds like a hero and a wonderful person! We need more people like him! Thanks for the links, I will check them out! 🙂 And thank you for sharing him with us! 🙂
    I’m so glad he’s in the world and in your life! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  4. I just finished reading everything about Adams and at 80 he lived an outstanding life..but struck me the most was his experiences as a young boy from his abusive stepfather and how he would defend his mother from the abuse too..
    As you know i previously posted about violence and abuse and have a follow up post on that
    Like Adams, i hope that victims of abuse (children and women) find their way out and find a way to better themselves…such an inspiring man, no wonder you call of your heroes.

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  5. I enjoyed your post, and his article, Kate. I found out things I didn’t know about him – and you. Interesting stuff. It’s interesting that the takeaway quote you placed in here is the same one I would have chosen. I didn’t watch the football video but enjoyed the first about pop culture. I think the word might be ‘sardonic’.

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