So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from his 1943 novel The High Window:
Out of the apartment houses come women who should be young but have faces like stale beer, men with pull-down hats and quick eyes that look the street over behind the cupped hand that shields the match flame; worn intellectuals with cigarette coughs and no money in the bank; fly cops with granite faces and unwavering eyes; cokies and coke peddlers; people who look like nothing in particular and know it, and once in a while even men that actually go out to work. But they come out early, when the wide cracked sidewalks are empty and still have dew on them.

Every day amazing! – removes tough stains – cheesy mix-ups! – live every moment – ninety-eight-percent milk! – as big as your imagination – heartbreakingly beautiful! – jackpot on your mobile! – I’m finding my balance – stunning real hardwood! – stores a thousand hours of TV! – get back to normal! – it’s motion activated! – delicious fruit flavoured! – a new super you! – how are you managing your sensitivity? – tackles your cravings fast! – an incredible new you! – the choice is obvious! – when it comes to a headache – your bladder shouldn’t have to change you – all these good things come together – compression hosiery – product of the year! – triple protection! – the games that you want, when you want…

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Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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16 Responses to So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?…

  1. Ok, so lets have some of “I’m finding my balance – live every moment – it’s motion activated – an incredible new you! – the choice is obvious!” and think of Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, and a scary future. 😀

    • Dave Whatt says:

      These ads seem to have been aimed at people who are really dissatisfied with the reality they experience – AI and virtual worlds will be the complete answer to their prayers… Just give it a year or two…

      • This is real. This happening. (god even that sounds like the advert on TV for the pizza topping, and its just gone 6am, haha!)

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Goodness me! Commenting at the crack of dawn – You must be an early riser dear Scribbler.
        Hm, pizza topping, what flavour? I feel peckish already… Can I have anchovies?…

      • Oh yes, I’m a morning person alright. Although if those darn urban seagulls would stay quiet, I might relish a lie in until…ooh say 8 o’clock. And anchovies? Of course….have ’em all (cos I’m not a fan, ha!)

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Darn Urban Seagulls – what a great band they were!…

  2. Dana Doran says:

    When advertisers say delicious “fruit flavor” – there’s a reason that they say that before you try it….the taster must be thinking FRUIT because otherwise the flavor is indistinguishable from anything that is just sweet… must be something like a mild hypnosis – the power of suggestion!

  3. ktz2 says:

    Whatever was described as ‘heartbreakingly beautiful’. . damn well better be. . and what was it ? They can’t just casually throw those words around in a way to kill the meaning

  4. I want to live in the world where this drama is occurring so nonstoppedly.

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