Friday, July 11, 2014

Scandalous Pictures Not So Bad

Herr D used to make this for me.
I think it illustrates the point quite well.--Hairy       
I ran on a repeated theme, not quite a meme with Shelob's help while he was out browsing last night. How many did you find again?

59471 within parameters, between 5 and 6 x 10^7 social template approximations depending upon interpretation of variables.

A lot. Okay. I'm gonna spell out the social template and you correct me if I step outside it.

1. So, "Reporter" mentions how ads don't show the average female form, but uses skinny supermodels made up and coiffed by a small team of experts. Then "Reporter" explains that the pictures are airbrushed, Photoshopped, etc., to point out that people don't really look like the final result.

2. "Commenter" asks what difference it makes, does this really mean the ad industry is causing eating disorders, are people not smart enough to know these are models in ads, shouldn't models look different from regular people, etc.

3. "Questioner" asks why should models NOT look average. This about right, Shelob?

Possible narrowing to 35244 examples depending on interpretation.

Still a lot. Let's go with it. The fact is that women in ads should NEVER look average, be of average build, have any particular flaw that can't be taken out. Besides that, they should be too thin to survive supporting their mammary glands without being crushed under their own weight and just in general be too idealized to count as human anyway. This IS the digital age. I'm not being sexist, I'm being capitalist.

Remember to explain retinal involvement.

Right! The human retina will sooner notice and focus longer on certain shapes and colors. Those do include the shapes of human genitalia and other favorites, but that's not all. Taller, thinner shapes, faster moving shapes, shapes moving more directly toward or away--so, on a runway, a taller, thinner model will draw the human eye more successfully. This is exactly the same sort of science that helped the insurance industry realize that small red cars used to get more speeding tickets.

By the almighty dollar, if I'm paying someone too much money to get people to come and buy my stuff, they better not use a big blue car and waste my money!

Metaphor? Focus on solution.

Sorry. Getting wound up there. If people are worried that ads are sending the wrong message, teach kids in the indoctrination units public schools how to make ads more successful. Besides. Ads have to send the wrong message--otherwise people wouldn't waste so much money when obeying them. Oh, and nix on all that 'we have to expand forever' business. A certain four-year-old could see that was a bad idea.


Why won't America, the pioneers of business, develop better businesses? Maybe they'd run well enough to pay every employee enough to support a family of five.

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