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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mesmerized and Horrified

'Mesmerized and Horrified' pen and watercolor self-portrait by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay. (Click to view same image larger.) I haven't actually owned a TV for at least 25 years, so I'm particularly susceptible to their hypnotic effect when they're on. Although happy enough to be hypnotized by a Harry Potter double feature on our last night in Inverness, I was horrified at the number of repeating ads whose message was that we were unclean, contaminated, and a threat to our friends and family unless we sprayed ourselves, our children, our furniture, our pets, our rugs, our cars, etc., with the product being advertised.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Chris, who else? said...

did u notice how many were directed at women?

July 7, 2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Julia Kay said...

I was really disgusted! There was one showing star trek-like green oobleck oozing between kids' hands whenever they touched each other. The audience was still the mothers, of course.... But this was the 'family' channel so lots of kids were watching and getting the same message!

July 7, 2008 11:45 PM  

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