Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Even worse than formula: Screencaps from "Ads that just don't work anymore"

My voice teacher forwarded me this email with just over a dozen vintage advertisements that "just don't work anymore" because of cultural shifts over the past 60-70 years, particularly in the realms of "don't treat women like crap."  (Spanking your wife for not "store testing" the coffee to see if it's fresh?  Seriously??)  Among these fourteen laughing stocks were these two gems I just had to screen cap and consolidate for your viewing pleasure/amusement/horror/ridicule.  Click to enlarge.


The first time I ever heard that even today there are people who bottle feed toddlers and even infants with cola, I was horrified on the teeth-rotting factor alone!  I think I was in my early teens at the time.  Now I'm just... oh man.  The rationalization advertising companies have to put up to "justify" feeding your kids crap is mind-boggling in its outlandishness, aggressiveness... and consistency.  We still see ads like this for food replacement products and poisons that "Won't kill you immediately!™" all the time, including formula.  I call this one worse than a formula ad because at least formula-while it is extremely inferior to breastmilk-does have nutritive value; Sodas can't even pretend to be a form of natural foodstuff.

Well I guess they can pretend, but until they advertise it as a replacement for water...

Oh.  Never mind.

Jena Vincent of Abundance Massage