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Trespasser
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posted 31 August 2001 01:14 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...good and bad.

Category: How Far Will They Go

Has anyone seen "ecologically aware" Shell commercial that features a female geologist who "pursues her dream of getting the riches from underneath without endangering the riches above the surface" or something like that. She's shown talking to Aboriginal people, flying a helicopter above bluest rivers and greenest forests - I couldn't believe my eyes.

Category: Plain Stupid

Commercials for anything McCain are gross. There's a guy-and-girl commercial for McCain Pizza that sends a message You will get laid if you buy our pizza. I wonder if their marketing agency secretly works against the company.

Category: DotCom Era

I hate to admit this, but some DotCot commercials on CNN in 1999 were really well done. I remember the commercial for an employment search website that featured close-ups of 6 or 7 very serious kids who would say directly to camera things like: "When I grow up, I want to be underappreciated", "I want to be a Yes-Man", "Yes-Woman" etc. And then an off voice would say something like: With XYZ.com, it's even difficult to imagine such a world. Visit our website... and so on.

Category: Good Stuff

There are many great TV ads paid for by NGOs or government agencies whose goal is to raise public awareness of particular issues. I recently saw a fantastic TV ad paid for by a Canadian mental health association that goes like this:

There's a man in his thirties with a baby in his arms. The baby is facing the camera, and we see the man's shoulder and head as he gently whispers and cuddles her. The music is uplifting, everything is fuzzy and warm. The baby's tiny hand confidently squeezes the man's shoulder and presses her head against his.

The picture than blurs a bit and you can read the following sentence:
This man is mentally ill.

And then (while you can still hear the affectionate exchange going on):

But you know what is really sick about it?

(Black background, not a sound)

How your opinion of him just changed.


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posted 31 August 2001 04:27 PM      Profile for Archibald Fitzchesterfield     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What about those "Don't play on the railroad tracks" PSAs?

"You chose to play on the tracks. Here are the next 60 seconds of your life."

Profoundly amusing.


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posted 31 August 2001 04:34 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last night on MediaTelevision they had a piece about dot.com advertising. All the ads were really creative and/or funny, but they had NOTHING to do with the product.

These ads were not targeted at the consumer. They were targeted at investers.

The few dot.coms who actually made money and/or survived tend to be the ones who targeted their ads at actual consumers, and used the advertising to explain what their product/service actually was.

I believe those "when I grow up" ads were for Monster.ca. They were, indeed, very good ads. Monster's still around, and doing fairly well I believe. Coincidence?


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posted 31 August 2001 09:32 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good point, M'Boy, I never thought of it that way. I did have difficulties figuring out what many of the DotCom ads were for, but I blamed it on my own ignorance of the subtleties of New Economy.

Archie, you're right, I remember seeing those ads.

Does anyone remember ads from the last federal election?


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posted 31 August 2001 11:38 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think political adds on T.V. always backfire. Even the politics junkies, when relaxing with a bit of mind candy resent having their Simpson's episode interupted by some lame offering from the Parties.

However, the commercial run by the Democrats in the Johnson/Goldwater election was probably the most powerful of all time. I seem to have a memory of seeing it as a kid; but that's very unlikely. It only ran but for a day or so before it was yanked. My memory of it probably comes from documentaries. It showed a little girl in a meadow, picking a daisey. Then there was a voice over of a countdown from ten to zero and the implication of a nuclear explosion.

The inference being (probably correct) that Goldwater was a nutbar who should not be allowed near the bomb.

Amusing commercials run into a problem. Quite often the audience is too amused to remember the product being advertised.

Radio commercials are the absolute worst. Why is it, in this nation where Irish and Scots immigrants are common, do radio producers get people who can't do Irish or Scots accents to do commercials? Drives me nuts.

Although, I do like the "Conversational Land Mine Detector" commercial put on by a beer company. The pretext is a device for men that will tip them off to conversational land mines laid by their significant others:

Wife: "How do you like my hair?"

Detector: "Beep"

Wife: "Do I look fat in this dress?"

Detector: "Beep"

Wife: "Do you mind if my mother stays with us for a month?"

Detector: "Beep"

Wife: "Do you ever think of someone else when we make love?"

Detector: "AAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOGGGAAAAAA!!!!!"


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Tommy, have you ever heard Nancy White perform her wonderful song, "Why Didn't Granny Teach Me Gaelic"?
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posted 01 September 2001 12:53 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tommy, did you know that during presidential elections 2000 the Republicans remade that famous Cold War ad? This time it was against the Democrats' alleged softness on China. If Democrats had their way, the commercial said, Chinese military would get too strong and soon enough - puff! - the world would be distroyed in a nuclear explosion. The ad didn't last too long, so you might have missed that mini-scandal.
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I take issue with this ad - the one that makes it seem as if a man has been brainwashed by his girlfriend, and he needs to be broken out of it by his guy friends. I think it's for a sports channel (maybe Starchoice, can't remember). At one point, 'brainwashed' says something that implies that his girlfriend is waiting for him, and that he should go. This is rejected by his 'guys' as brainwashing evidence. Apparently he forgets all about her when he finally reaches for the remote control. Now, what's she doing? Crying at home? At least wondering where he is, right? Great. Buy this, and you can be as insensitive as you want.

Beer commercials are almost all like this - this beer gets you laid, this beer helps you ignore your partner's needs, etc. The only beer that has been sending a good and moral message for as long as I've been watching them is Carlsberg - remember the one where a guy and a girl start going at it in a hotel room? And the voiceover says "My friends always told me that the best sex I would ever have would be with my wife." Then you see their hands entwined, and they are both wearing wedding rings. Voiceover: "They were right." Yay Carlsberg!


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posted 01 September 2001 06:29 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have a big problem with that commercial too, Dawna (the brainwashed one, that is, not the Carlsberg one). I also have a problem with the guys who plan a fake "fall" off the one guy's rollerblades in front of those two gorgeous women to get sympathy. At the end, the other guy comes along and says, "Can I help? I'm a doctor." And the supposedly injured guy manages to say, "Yeah. I'm a doctor too."

Well, those ones are terrible. But you know what? It's so politically incorrect but I laugh at them every time. I hate it that they're so sexist, but darn they're funny. The doctor one more than the brainwashed one, that is.

Still, it bothers me that they make me laugh. Makes me feel sort of guilty.


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posted 01 September 2001 06:41 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And the doctor commercial is for a phone - why do we think that it's a beer commercial? I thought the TV one was for beer, right up until the end.
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posted 01 September 2001 07:18 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, yeah, I knew it was for a phone, I just forgot to mention it. I never thought it was for beer. But gee, it would have made a pretty good beer commercial anyhow, wouldn't it?

I remembered that it was for a cell phone because that's how they engineered the whole trick together - they got their timing right over the phone. I still giggle when I think about it - a couple of guys with nothing better to do than that.


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posted 01 September 2001 09:59 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A friend at work commented on the "brainwashing" commercial. I'd seen it, but I didn't really see it in as bad a light as he did. He's gay, and has never had to go through what a straight guy does when it comes to dealing with living with a woman.

STOP THINKING THE WORST OF ME.

It's humour, and I don't think it's intended as a scientific statement on the nature of male/female relationships; and I think it's unfair for it to be picked apart like that.

Having said that I will say that the brainwashing commercial maybe goes too far. One can't quantify it, but sometimes a joke isn't a joke, and this particular commercial seems to have crossed a line with some.

Perhaps not with the intended demographic though.

It's funny, I never felt particularly suave drinking a beer. I've felt drinking beer to be more a guy thing. In my drinking days when I was out socializing in mixed company I would drink liquor-- even when svelt, a belly full of beer made me feel pot bellied, bad breathed and physically slow. So, if it is the intention of beer companies to link sex and beer together, they've failed.

If I drink a beer these days, it's before a meal. One cold one has a way of putting an exquisite edge on the appetite.

Now, I think the two buffoons in the phone commercial are funny-- and the "I'm a doctor too" bit is a scream!

We can laugh at the two stereotypical pathetic guys who have to stoop to ruse to get female attention; and we can laugh at the stereotypical girls who, hearing they are doctors, seem to be blinded to the ruse.

The key is we know it's a stereotype; that everyone is an individual. Some might laugh and say "it's funny 'cause it's true!", when in actual fact it's funny because it's not true. Like a cartoonist's charactature, it takes a small aspect of something and blows it out of proportion.

It's funny because it's a gross distortion and one shouldn't feel guilty about laughing at it. It means you know it isn't true. It would be disturbing if someone watched it and didn't laugh.


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Okay, I just saw a funny commercial that makes me laugh just as hard every time I see it. It's a GMC commercial where a guy is signing the papers to buy a new car. The salesman says to him, "You're the man."

Buyer: "I'm the man?"
Salesman: "You're the man."
Buyer: "I've never been the man before."
Salesman: "Well, NOW you're the man."
Buyer: "Wow..." (Leans back too far in his chair and falls over backwards, then peers over the edge of the desk with his feet still up in the air.) "Am I still the man?"
Salesman: (studiously not looking at the customer and keeping a perfectly straight face. Nods.) "You're still the man."

It kills me every time.


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posted 03 September 2001 10:57 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle, I am not too happy with that commercial, I feel it makes fun of insecure men... I don't know. What I do know is that there are two much better commercials made for the same car brand, that feature a man who has difficulties expressing his feelings and takes his personal accordion player wherever he goes, and a man who has difficulties communicating and carries an extra head that talks to his wife. Those are hilarious! Let me know what you think if you see them any time soon.
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No more talking animals!
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posted 05 September 2001 10:50 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't remember those two, Trespasser... Well, I seem to vaguely remember the accordian one, but they sound hilarious too.

I just saw one of my all-time favorite commercials that they play every year at the end of August and beginning of September - that Staples commercial with the background song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". The father is dancing around with a shopping cart, filling it with school supplies, and his two kids follow slowly, with very unhappy, completely deadpan expressions. Another one that makes me laugh just as hard every time I see it. What is this, the 4th or 5th season for that commercial now? It's been on for so long.


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When I was in university my roomates and I LOVES this one Chrysler minivan commercial. You might remember it:

These two kids are on opposite sides of the road, having a snowball fight. A minivan pulls up between them. Evil grins emerge on their faces as they let snowballs fly at the van. Unfortunately, the van is equipped with TWO (count em!) sliding doors, which open up and the two kids get clocked in the face by the snowballs.

Whenever the ad came on, whoever was in the tv room would yell "it's on!!!!" The rest of us would come running to witness the two kids getting walloped.

*sarcasm*

Of course, this ad is terribly age-ist because it makes fun of young people. It's also sexist because it portrays boys in such a poor light AND it excludes girls from all the fun. It also promotes violence against young boys as being funny. And it promotes pollution-spewing minivans. AND it promotes kids playing too close to the road without parental supervision.

*/sarcasm*


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Warning: the ad is for Shopper's Drug Mart ... But still, I'm enjoying it. Woman is looking in three-part mirror; two men and a woman look back from the panels; in succession, each puts her down for her looks in some way; and in succession, she blows each away or up. Also, she's very pretty, but in a believably human way -- it's a modest attempt at intelligent humour.
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posted 05 September 2001 11:42 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wasn't there another minivan commercial where some kid does something to annoy another kid and the opens the door to the minivan and locks her/himself in - and then the kid who's after him/her goes to the other door and opens it? Was it a water fight? I can't remember. But I loved that snowball commercial too.

And that Shopper's commercial - yeah, I like it, but you know...gee, there's something about taking a feminist message about accepting yourself the way you are and using it to promote women buying unnecessary cosmetics in their quest to be "naturally beautiful"... well, I don't know. Something just doesn't sit right with me whenever I see it. But it's better than other cosmetics commercials, and I think it's pretty funny too.


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Co-opted social consciousness - very clever, and very deceitful. Now the GAP uses anarchic symbols in their display windows.
Where will it end?

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quote:
Co-opted social consciousness - very clever, and very deceitful. Now the GAP uses anarchic symbols in their display windows. Where will it end?

Tom Frank of The Baffler is very good on this subject, especially in The Conquest of Cool, where he shows that this has been going on a long, long time.

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I take issue with this ad - the one that makes it seem as if a man has been brainwashed by his girlfriend, and he needs to be broken out of it by his guy friends. I think it's for a sports channel (maybe Starchoice, can't remember). At one point, 'brainwashed' says something that implies that his girlfriend is waiting for him, and that he should go. This is rejected by his 'guys' as brainwashing evidence. Apparently he forgets all about her when he finally reaches for the remote control.

I saw this yesterday. If I remember right it was for Coors.

This is one where, as Tommy says, beer drinkers don't look suave. There's nothing in the ad about getting laid -- it's beer as a totally guy thing.

Which could also involve getting laid, of course. But if there's any homoeroticism in the ad I didn't see it. And I'm a straight guy, dammit! More or less! I'm supposed to be so insecure I see that stuff everywhere!!


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I had so much fun reading these messages.

And to the M'Boy: cut it out

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Okay, I hate lottery tickets and scratch tickets - I think they prey on the weak and the poor. But there is one BINGO scratch ticket commercial that is pretty funny (at least I think it's for BINGO). I guess since that's an Ontario lottery thing, you folks from out of province might not see it. But there's a woman at a baseball game who is scratching a BINGO ticket, and talking about luckiness (can't remember whether she's saying she's never lucky or she hopes she's lucky, or whatever). But every time she bends down to scratch the ticket, a ball narrowly misses her and clocks one of the people sitting near her as she chatters on about whether or not she's going to be "lucky".

I also like that commercial (is it for Ricola? Fisherman's Friend?) where the guy is golfing and he has a sore throat. And every time he tries to yell "FORE!" he can only whisper it, and he ends up bonking about 5 people by the end of the commercial with his golf balls. I think it's the quick succession of -fore-BONK! -fore-BONK! -fore-BONK! after the first one that makes it so funny. And the look on the guy's face is priceless whenever he hits someone. Gee, I guess I like the violent ones, huh? Snowballs, baseballs, and golf balls.


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That commercial is one of the few that Fang really likes -- he laughs all the way through it every time. I liked it too at first, but whichever channel we see it on is running it too much, like three times in a half hour. Fang goes on laughing ...
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Which station, which station?? I'm not sick of it yet either! (I'm assuming you mean the golf one? Man I still laugh at that and I must've seen it a hundred times now.)

I find that the commercials are often better entertainment than the programming...


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It had to be Global, during the supper news hour, because of when we watch ... But I hate to tell you, Michelle, I can't remember seeing it at all last week. Sorry.
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I also like the new Glad commercials where they spoof the old "Man From Glad" commercials.

"We tested our plastic containers in the dishwasher . . . and the freezer . . . and the wood-chipper."


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There is a new channel being rolled out by Rogers called Animal Planet. I think you can see most of the commercials on the Discovery Channel for those without a digital box. If you have a rather quick connection to the net then have a look at them with this link.

Animal Planet Commercials


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New Old Navy add for ultra low-rise flares. The model says
"You've got to get this look."

I picture thousands of pre-pubescent and teenage girls standing in front of the mirror and vowing not to eat after they've been told they have to look like the model.

PUKE, Ack hurl...


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The CEO of Old Navy (i.e. The Cheap-Ass Gap) is Satan.
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"If he were alive in any other era, he would be a cyclops ravaging the countryside."
-Don Westman

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"Too many guys, too few Gentlemen"

John Labatt's Classic. They have good commercials... much similar to the Carlesburg ads. I like the Billboards they have too. "You actually get Jazz", "Holy @#$%! you have a business card", "You and the bank own a lovely home." Another one about a wife. "Welcome to your Carlesburg years." Very smart. All of them apply to me other than the house. I'm 23, in that target demographic?

The WORST ad I've seen lately? 2 of them. One of them is a shampoo ad in which a women murders her ?husband?, and they are analysing her hair for dna. Fucking pathetic.

The other was a vehicle add. A woman is sitting at home during a storm. A man walks in the door, says, "Aren't you expecting your husband?" She coyly replies, "not in this weather." Flash to the husband driving through the storm to a house, (is she caught?), no, he walks into the house to be greeted by another woman, "Isn't your wife expecting you?"... He replies, "not in this weather". HOW is this supposed to make you want to buy that vehicle? It was terrible.


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Yah. That's one of the worst. Congratulations. You're an asshole. Now buy this car. What?!?!?
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I HATE HATE HATE the Carlsberg ads with a passion. My 20-something friends have been quoting that "Welcome to your Carlsberg years" all the time, and I find it painful how they're all such sheep.

What do those ads say to me? "You're in your 20s. Time to grow up, go into debt, water down your sense of self so you can attract a "good" woman, give up anything that held any meaning for you when you were younger, conform to what society tells you an adult should be, sacrifice yourself for your job, and by the way, buy our beer."

Count me out. Is there a beer out there for guys who still buy Star Wars toys, watch cartoons on Saturday morning and play Dungeons & Dragons?


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That's my hubby, and we don't drink beer anyway
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Are we unhappy with our position of 'responsible citizen'?
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posted 10 September 2001 02:13 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't see how re-inventing oneself as "Mr Yuppy" makes someone a responsible citizen.
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Trinitty
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posted 10 September 2001 02:17 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have you had lunch yet M'boy?
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 10 September 2001 02:19 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yup. A cup of rice with vegetables and a chocolate donut.
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Dawna Matrix
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posted 10 September 2001 02:23 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
DOH-nut.
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Trinitty
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posted 10 September 2001 02:41 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Is there anything they can't do?
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Trespasser
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posted 10 September 2001 05:53 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I HATE the ad for a herbal shampoo (I repressed any memory of the brand) in which a woman says that SHE HAS THE URGE, and then a bunch of (male) idiots jump at her and wash her hair... What an abominable commercial! It's the end of the civilization as we know it!
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Dawna Matrix
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posted 10 September 2001 05:56 PM      Profile for Dawna Matrix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'll say. Buy this shampoo and you'll have an orgy? Definitely the end.

(The stuff doesn't even work - I look like I touched that ball at the Science Center (electro-hair) after I've used it).


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clockwork
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posted 10 September 2001 06:11 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anybody find the Devry commercials… manipulative?
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WingNut
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posted 10 September 2001 07:01 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
FADE IN:

Int. Office. File Cabinets to right. Desk with papers, in/out baskets. Man on phone. Looks up to camera. Hangs up phone. Smiles.

"Hi. My name is Dr. Marvin Goldstein."

Man rises and comes around desk and gestures to diploma on wall.

"I graduated from the Harvard School of Medicine in 1995. Like many young men I believed a career in proctology would be my ticket to wealth and success. But I ended up serving drinks on a beach."

Cut to De Vry logo and continue with voice over.

"And then I found DeVry."

Cut to man walking within open concept office where people are busy working in front of computer screens.

"Now, I'm working on a unique project to replace proctologists with do-it-yourself internal exam cams. It's very entrepreneurial. The software and hardware products we are developing will revolutionize do-it-yourself diagnoses and health care over the next decade. When you graduate from DeVry, you'll be able to move your career to a whole new level. If you excuse me, I must apologize for hanging up on my caller."

Freeze, man smiling. 5 sec.

Cut to logo and music.

[ September 10, 2001: Message edited by: WingNut ]


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clockwork
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posted 10 September 2001 07:17 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha.
I was thinking more along the lines of “playing on the hopes of the recently immigrated,” for a tidy profit, of course.

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WingNut
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posted 10 September 2001 07:37 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You mean like:

"Git yer MSCE's here! Microsoft Certification! Just four-thousand dollars! Good 'till the next upgrade ... "


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Michelle
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posted 10 September 2001 08:13 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, those MCSE schools are SO annoying. In Toronto they went as far as to advertise HRDC funding in their ads, as if anyone who wanted to take their course would automatically get funding from HRDC. We would get some of those poor people whose hopes were blown up so high by ads (and reps from those schools) only to be told that funding is not automatic, and that there are strict eligibility requirements in order to get funding. How to prey on the unemployed.

You know, one of our employment counsellors where I used to work actually got a call from one of those schools (one of the better known ones, too), and one of their reps actually tried to intimidate her into approving her client for funding (and it was really out of her hands - the client simply did not meet the guidelines at all). The male counsellor in the office never got that treatment from that school - I guess they thought a woman would be easier to manipulate. She disabused them of that notion quickly.

Now when I see commercials from DeVry and other schools, they just nauseate me. I saw first-hand the way students from private schools (not DeVry necessarily, just private schools in general) often got wrung dry by them, only to find that no one respected their credentials - everyone asked about their "real" education (i.e. from a public, recognized college or university).


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