3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
About people who talk a lot but say absolutely nothing...
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
5 December 2011
As I watched this episode of "Frontline" with my wife, we both had VERY
different emotional reactions. I was appalled how ubiquitous
advertising is and see it as a vile product of our age. Heck, one day I
expect to see Mt. Rushmore or the Eiffel Tower emblazoned with ads--the
problem is getting that serious. My wife, on the other hand, thought I
should just lighten up--it's all harmless. My assumption is that you,
the reader, are in either my camp or my wife's.
The show in a behind the scenes look at advertising. I am actually very
surprised that the agencies would let "Frontline" see them in action,
as I just felt like in many cases they were saying absolutely nothing!
In a few cases, they had products which they were advertising in ways
that had NOTHING to do with the products! This irritated me to no end.
I did, however, find the sessions with the French psychiatrist more
interesting and scientific--as well as informative. Still, his job was
to get us to buy things we don't need.
The bottom line is that while I didn't like what I was seeing, I
appreciate "Frontline" for doing it. It's a very rare insight into a
weird and seemingly shallow world--and is never dull. Worth seeing.
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