Questionable marketing?

I’ve caught a few episodes of the Showtime series Dexter and intend to catch up – not only is it set in my hometown of Miami, but its pretty entertaining as well. With season two kicking off this Sunday, Showtime is launching a big push to promote the show and are having in-place events at fourteen cities. The one for our fair city is being held at Union Station. Apparently they involve “Dexter’s red fountains.” I’m not sure what that means, but with a show that revolves around a serial killer odds seem slim it’s entirely wholesome and free of innuendo.

I’m not free to go over to witness the ‘festivities’ when they happen today sometime between 11 and 5p, but if one of you does and take some pictures then you can join the Flickr group that Showtime has set up and add your photos. They’ll be giving some things out, apparently including a DVD with the first episode. “The first one is always free” is a tactic I am sure I have heard of somewhere else…

I’m half tempted to think that a promotion for a show about a serial killer is inappropriate in a city that has at times competed strongly for murder capital of the nation, but I honestly can’t find it in myself to be bugged by it. Maybe it’s because I like the show, maybe it’s because I know the central character tries to harness his murderous impulses in a constructive way, maybe… I just can’t bring myself to care about fiction when there’s enough yuck promoted in reality.

If any of you see any of this, let us know what it was all about or if the giveaways were of any interest.

3 Comments so far

  1. Amy (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    I saw the red fountain during the morning commute and thought it was some atrocious addition to Union Station’s outer decor. Glad to hear it is temporary.

  2. KCinDC (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm


  3. Don (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 8:50 am

    Having now seen the pictures, I agree with KC. That thing is pretty eww.

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