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The Headmaster
Posted on: 24 March 2006, 4:32pm

"Be careful what you wish for" as someone somewhere once said, to be parrotted ad infinitum. Nephew no.1 requested an avatar like that of nephew no.2, and here it is.

No.1 has recently moved from media buying into "providing opportunities to get brand funded content integrated with programming" - so that's product placement to you and me. So here we see the product as the star. It all falls under the umbrella of Marketing, which is near as damn it unPC. No.1 also made the mistake of confessing that he wears red socks, we know this means he secretly yearns to go the whole hog and don a Miami Vice style suit (with white shoes, natch)*.

Long ago, when I was a young boy, we were forbidden by my mother to watch commercial TV because of the insidious power of advertising. Once some must have snuck in, for I remember asking her if we could have Bisto with our dinner. Being a wily educationalist she contrived to make a tasteless slop, both slimey and lumpy, and that was the end of my belief in the promise of advertising. Didn't stop me earning a good living from it later on though.

*Confession time, I still have a red Italian jacket at the back of the wardrobe, and did once have a silver suit. Oh, and there was the sparkly suit too…

The Headmaster
Posted on: 27 April 2006, 9:47am

It seems my mother was right to restrict our TV viewing. A report on junk food advertising featured in the April 2006 edition of the AMA's 'Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine' reveals that for each hour of TV watched, children in a Boston survey asked their parents for an advertised product. And that the commercials infected their young minds for up to 20 weeks.

Plus they're not out climbing trees and riding their bikes. And so they get fat.

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