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Sharpie Advertisement’s Subliminal Message: ‘Stop Protesting’

In this youth-targeted television spot celebrating "self expression" and "putting it out there", teens make their voices heard by creating art, decorating and personalizing their skateboards and guitars. But the most intriguing moment is the quick cut midway through showing kids demonstrating and waving a colorful banner (created with their new Sharpie markers) which reads, "Stop Protesting!" Is it just a throwaway gag from an irreverent commercial? Or a perfect example of how corporations attempt to de-claw youthful unrest by channeling it into consumerism?
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The Lost Ads of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Of Yesteryear

The first Peanuts TV special followed six years of animated advertisements selling Ford motor cars, and originally, even "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featured two scenes advertising Coca-Cola! One of the deleted scenes still appears in a YouTube video, which shows Snoopy tossing Linus into a sign which reads "Danger." (According to Wikipedia, that sign originally read: "Coca-Cola" — and the hymn at the end of the program was interrupted by a voice-over thanking "the people in your town who bottle Coca Cola.") Maybe "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was ultimately the cartoonist's own silent protest against the commercialization of his work...
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Vote For Pamela Gorman Or Get Shot

The message of this television spot for Pamela Gorman, running for a seat in Arizona's state congress, seems to be, "Vote for me, or I'll shoot you." It actually seems like an imitation of militia/Al-Qaeda training videos, but with more puns thrown in -- she has my vote.
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Super Bowl To Feature Pro-Life Ads

AFP reports that the Super Bowl on Sunday will include commercials from venomous conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family. The spots star Heisman Trophy-winning college quarterback Tim Tebow discussing the amorality of abortion. CBS is supposed to have a ban on advocacy commercials during the Super Bowl. The below ad, produced by the United Church of Christ, was previously rejected for its message of tolerance of gays...but in tough economic times, you take all the ad money you can get.
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