Archive for the ‘Advertising’ Category

‘People of Wal-Mart’

November 26th, 2011

Legalize It! A Herman Cain ad

October 26th, 2011

A study in aggressive sales tactics

October 14th, 2011

UCD Students: Advertising Essay

April 18th, 2011

At this point you should have an ad chosen and begun analyzing it. Remember that your ad should have some text, even if only a short caption, along with the visuals. You can find an ad online (there are thousands out there) but check with me to verify it’s a real ad and not a parody of an one.

Write if you need assistance or want me to confirm your ad: 

Ad Essay Instructions (Click Here)

Some possible sources:

The Swill Bucket Subliminal Ad Gallery

The Bush “RATS” Scandal (video)

Advertising, General, Subliminal Advertising

How Koch Industries Makes Billions Corrupting Government

March 3rd, 2011

The Koch’s Tea Party libertarianism is actually a thin veneer for the company’s long-running history of manipulating the market to pad Koch profits.

Read article here:

Advertising, General, News media

Conscious Party-Ziggy Marley

February 4th, 2011

                                    “Conscious Party”

Interview: Ziggy Marley talks about his father, the legendary Bob Marley

                                     Bob Marley

Advertising, Conscious Party, General, Music , ,

Old Spice “Flex” Ad

January 25th, 2011

I notice the actor quickly says, “So powerful it can block BO for 16 hours.” Can block doesn’t mean it will block whether it’s for 16 hours or ten minutes.

“Can” is a good example of a weasel word.

Advertising, General

Ad for

October 17th, 2010

Let's Try Harder!

My wife, Angela, is developing a good eye for funny, subtle ads.

“Doubleclick on image to enlarge.”

Advertising, General, Subliminal Advertising

Subliminal on the Cover of The Secret Sales Pitch

October 11th, 2010

This graphic is on the cover of The Secret Sales Pitch by August Bullock. Can you see its message?

Advertising, General, Subliminal Advertising

Subliminal Advertising Guru Responds to UCD Student’s Question

October 10th, 2010

After showing a couple of mid-nineties films about advertising, one of my students suggested the films were old saying there was a huge “cultural difference” between today and 15 years ago. I replied, honestly I think, that the film is a few years old but still relevant. Nothing has changed regarding the dynamics of advertising.

Still, if a more up-to-date film were available, I would like to know about it, so I wrote to professor Bernard McGrane, creator of the brilliant film “The Ad and the Id: Sex, Death, and Advertising,” which I’ve used for years in my classrooms. McGrane responded:

From: McGrane, Bernard []
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2010 1:04 PM
To: Shawn Hamilton
Subject: RE: The Ad and the Id

Dear Shawn,

Thanks for your note. Glad my videos are useful to you. Unfortunately I haven’t  (yet) done a new edition. Regarding subliminals  I’ve heard that “Programming the Nation”  (2010) DVD may be very good but it seems to be having difficulty actually coming out and being available (I just checked Amazon and Netflix).

I’d tell your students that my experience is that it’s all alive and well and ever creatively thriving (sort of like our military technologies). I’d suggest they go out on an expedition and find some on their own. (I also think you tube has some material)

Thanks again,


Advertising, Subliminal Advertising

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