Archive for October, 2010

Comparison-Contrast Essay Instructions

October 26th, 2010

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

Ad Essay Information

October 13th, 2010

Here are the details for the ad essay. Mainly you need to pick an ad by Friday’s class and create a “plan” that includes a clear thesis and a list of the visual and language elements you will address.

Instructions for Ad Essay


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

Do Chicken Nuggets Come From Pink Industrial Waste?

October 9th, 2010

Candies Ad

October 8th, 2010

Bob Woodward’s Dark Side: Famed Reporter Carries Water for the Pentagon

October 6th, 2010

A crucial aspect of Bob Woodward’s career that has been ignored by most of the media: Woodward is the military’s man, and always has been.

Read whole story here:

General, News media

Louisiana-Pacific Ad

October 4th, 2010

  Click on thumbnail for full version

Advertising, Doublespeak, Subliminal Advertising

Censored 2011, Chapter 14

October 4th, 2010

Project Censored Chapter 14, “Increased Tensions with Unresolved 9/11 Issues”

Pages 70-71, Pages 72-73, Pages 74-75, Pages 76-77

911, General, News media

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