Advertising invites us into a child-like mental state

Franchising milks an increasingly-irrelevant American Dream analogy to your investment death.

Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business:

Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore — and this is the critical point — how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails.


2 Responses to Advertising invites us into a child-like mental state

  1. Ray Borradale says:

    I grew up with Roy Rogers. He has a lot to answer for.

    Anyone wanting ‘justice’ is best to invest an effort in their ‘justice’.

    Seriously, Roy’s white horse was really sick and no matter what history tells you Trigger died many times. But the story line lives. Roy was a really nice guy and he fixed the world of bad people. And he was reliable.

    As I grew older I was convinced that Roy was as legitimate as world championship television wrestling so I held onto Roy’s message and bought a franchise.

    The bastard has a lot to answer for.


  2. Carol Cross says:

    It was almost sad to see the lack of interest in the Roy Roger’s Museum in Branson, Missouri. Those times are gone forever and aren’t missed.

    But, truly! human nature is such that the same old games of deceit and deception are played over and over again by the same actors.

    In today’s world, the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are defined by big media and our “smaller world” just leads to “smaller minds” in the “smaller world.” The line between the good guys and the bad guys becomes faint and hard to see.

    No need to burn books that nobody reads and no need to expose the lies of the status quo that are perpetuated and protected by those who paint the picture of our modern consumer culture.


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