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Ricky
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Posted - 01/22/2005 :  11:49:18  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
It appears to be so.

An ad which was supposed to teach people to be skeptical of diets had people go out and actually search for the diets. Oh the irony.

Sometimes I think for the average person, I huge lable saying "SATIRE" may be needed.

Edit: Then again, they may not understand what satire means.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov

Edited by - Ricky on 01/22/2005 11:49:40

ktesibios
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Posted - 01/22/2005 :  15:26:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send ktesibios a Private Message
Well, at least it got them to the library. That's a sort of a first step.

"The Republican agenda is to turn the United States into a third-world shithole." -P.Z.Myers
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Dave W.
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Posted - 01/22/2005 :  18:43:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Off topic, but the title reminded me of an old joke:

Did you hear that they found the gene for shyness?

It was hiding behind two other genes.

- Dave W. (Private Msg, EMail)
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Why not question something for a change?
Visit Dave's Psoriasis Info, too.
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dv82matt
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Posted - 01/22/2005 :  20:54:24   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send dv82matt a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky
An ad which was supposed to teach people to be skeptical of diets had people go out and actually search for the diets. Oh the irony.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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Ricky
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Posted - 01/23/2005 :  12:05:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by dv82matt

quote:
Originally posted by Ricky
An ad which was supposed to teach people to be skeptical of diets had people go out and actually search for the diets. Oh the irony.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.



Normally I do a little bit of both.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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beskeptigal
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Posted - 01/24/2005 :  00:22:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky

It appears to be so.

An ad which was supposed to teach people to be skeptical of diets had people go out and actually search for the diets. ...

Looks to me like the ad was to get people to buy Special K. Somehow I doubt they had education in mind.
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Ricky
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Posted - 01/24/2005 :  00:54:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message
What do you mean Beskeptigal? The false ad was on the back of a Special K box, they were made to be ridiculous such as, "The Stick Insect Diet." How would this sell Special K?

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
- Isaac Asimov
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beskeptigal
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Posted - 01/24/2005 :  22:44:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Ricky

What do you mean Beskeptigal? The false ad was on the back of a Special K box, they were made to be ridiculous such as, "The Stick Insect Diet." How would this sell Special K?

I didn't necessarily mean it was a bad advertisement. I just meant it's not highly likely education was the primary goal, product sales is.

Kellogg has had success marketing Special K in a past ad campaign that pointed out the unattainable thin image and promoted their product as healthy instead. It was a good ad in my opinion, but it was an ad campaign, not an altruistic campaign.

Here is an excellent educational piece examining those Special K ads. The piece is aimed at teaching high schoolers about advertising campaigns and techniques. The current campaign seem to be a take off from the unattainable thin campaign.

I have promoted the need to teach our kids about advertising since my son was born. We are all bombarded with manipulating sales techniques from the time we first see a toy or a TV show. It seems to be such a critical piece of education to me. I had a hard time getting my son's schools to pay any attention. Apparently, from the material in the link, some schools may be more progressive.

Every once in a while, an ad campaign, like this one, is actually healthy. But I don't doubt for a minute if an unhealthy ad sold Special K, Kellogg wouldn't hesitate to use it.
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