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TobiasMonk


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Posted Tue Aug 4th, 2009 5:01pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising
Can I just say that I HATE SPIDERS. Ok better now.

And I had a brown recluse in a jar that I was saving just for you. Darn it.

That's just wrong.

Does it mean it's also wrong for me to keep a black widow in my sewing kit?

It means you're evil, and I'm getting Excaliber (what i call the shovel I use to bash black widows in the garage), now where's that sewing kit?
Bob Dylan in a Caddy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPHybJvBKeY

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
Walt Whitman

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PamJH


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Posted Wed Aug 5th, 2009 2:45pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising
Well, Tobias. I went out to my mailbox at 1 ack emma to see if something I had been awaiting had arrived (I'd been gone all day). I opened it up, flashed my flashlight inside and what do you know? There was this magnificent spider, about an inch across (including legs so it really wasn't that big). I examined it carefully, told it to go away so I could get the mail, which it did. Spiders do my bidding, you see. And then, belatedly, I recalled your aversion to such creatures and thought that if you spent more time with them, you might get to like them. I tried to summon the spider but he'd already scuttled off to parts unknown.

And my sewing kit is where a philistine like you can't find it.

Oh, and here's a car commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKDhJL1BNdc

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TobiasMonk


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Posted Wed Aug 5th, 2009 5:09pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising
This is black widow territory and they love our garage, so when you get down here you're more than welcome to 'em....it's also Bonnie and Clyde territory.;-)

Cadillac has what I guess would be considered aggressive ads:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0PiINfDxP4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VneS6Udg3g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z3B4IlKJls

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
Walt Whitman

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Maxx England


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Posted Wed Aug 5th, 2009 6:25pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising
Yes indeed, bang! Let's all charge into an unlit tunnel with our lights off and our right feet planted joyfully on the loud pedal. Radical change of image, because apart from it's limited rock'n'roll associations here, it's my understanding that a Cadillac was bought, in America, by the same sort of retired people that used to buy Rover 90s here in a bygone age.

Here is one, and I defy anyone to make it seem exciting:

http://www.classicandperformancecar.com/front_webs.....hp?id=3657

Would you believe that grey, a dull, stealth and boredom grey, was a colour option? And beige. How anybody got through the late 1950s here without pulling their own teeth out in desperation is beyond me.

The only way is forward. Now where's the bar?

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gjhsu


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Posted Thu Aug 6th, 2009 5:22am Post subject: Aggression in car advertising
The Cadillac CTS is actually a rather sporting vehicle, assuming you choose the one with the V8 in it.

It's advertising to the strengths of the car, or rather, to the market that thinks they are strengths. I, for one, happen to like the sporty, often aggressive vehicles

(after all, they do put the "vehicle is driven by professionals on a closed course" in each ad)

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Maxx England


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Posted Thu Aug 6th, 2009 1:47pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising

I dare say it is, but in America it is highly probable, everywhere I suppose, there are the same dumb bunnies we have here.

I was a custom car show once, and the organisers had to stop a group of rather stupid, dull minded, young men from racing around the roadways late at night. There were men, women, children and drunks (some were a combination of two items there) walking around, going about their lawful occasions, and these morons were charging round without any care or conscience. I spoke to one of them, and was told, and I quote directly from the burned in memory, "You ain't got any idea what it's like to race".

Stood toe to toe, I came up to his great slack chin and I was told afterwards there was something rather humorous about the sight of me giving him, at high volume, chapter and verse on my racing career up to that date and a brief rundown of the inadequacies of individuals who hadn't got the (place suitable simile here) to actually get out on a real track against real racers.

But they had bought into this mentality peddled by advertisers and car magazines that there is something heroic about going everywhere flat out and anything less is an admission of "unmasculinity". I utterly reject censorship but there are times I feel that some change of emphasis is overdue in the way cars and motorcycles are represented. Answers to the problem please on a postcard to this address.

The only way is forward. Now where's the bar?

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TobiasMonk


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Posted Thu Aug 6th, 2009 6:48pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising

There are plenty of tv shows and movies too, The Dukes of Hazzard" is the first one that springs to mind. Anyone remember this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2sOhjQ5xSA&feature=related

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
Walt Whitman

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Nitro


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Posted Fri Aug 7th, 2009 5:24am Post subject: Aggression in car advertising

I don't know where else they show this commerical, but Mazda had the 'zoom zoom' motto. Most people thought it was cute. 'Cut to Mazda zoom-zooming around windy mountain roads.'

Americans are in love with the automobile. Our car commercials have, generally and based on the make of car, emphasized speed and sex-a-bility. ( youtube some retro mustang commercials, for instance ). I mean, station wagons in the past or mini-vans now aren't considered sex machines. So safety and gas mileage are emphasized.

A car going forward and in reverse, turning left and turning right...that's just too freaking boring. There has to be the potential to get hot guys/gals and kill everyone in the vehicle at high speeds or it's just a commercial not worth making nor a car worth buying.

Really? Wow.

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PamJH


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Posted Fri Aug 7th, 2009 2:50pm Post subject: Aggression in car advertising

I remember that zoom, zoom kid. I sometimes still hear the words in Mazda commercials. Wonder how old that kid is now. And I also remember all those hairpin turns the little Mazdas did and wanted one in the worst way.


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