The world of advertising
Anything goes in the struggle to get noticed. Diesel, a clothing vendor (when was it decided that company names should no longer have any connection with what they sell?) actually won an award for a campaign of ads associating the virtue of stupidity with its products, complete with images of people doing stupid or dangerous things, such as this:
Two of these ads were banned in Britain, not because they're, well, stupid, but because they're "indecent and promote anti-social behavior".
Then there are those ads all over the internet that say "[Authority figure]s HATE this!", usually promoting some dubious medical miracle that doctors HATE, or some gizmo that power companies HATE, because those things will enable the sort of people who fall for those ads to do without those old-timers' expensive services. They must be pretty effective at fleecing the marks, since they're so pervasive, but I simply couldn't stomach reproducing one here.
I can't remember where I found this one or what it was advertising, but apparently the selling point was that the product will give you some kind of hideous skin rash from outer space (click to enlarge):
This one at least has an eye-catching way of making its point:
The mid-twentieth century was a simpler, more naïve, and apparently stupider time. A time when it was possible to pretend to think that this ad (1968) was perfectly innocent:
But my favorite ad from those days has to be this one:
Those are old, but of course who knows how long the problem of annoying ads has been with us?
Today, of course, sexually-suggestive ads are common and I didn't want to emphasize them too much in this post because it's sort of like shooting fish in a barrel, but they do seem to be getting more blatant:
Sometimes it's hard to tell if they're being subtle or just careless. This was part of some junk mail I once got -- I think it was for an investment account or something like that:
Foreign countries sometimes use advertising gimmicks which we wouldn't. Here's an ad from Bulgaria for "Flirt" vodka -- this is a bit beyond flirting, I think:
Finally, here's a commercial for something called Bjørg Jewellery. I'll be damned if I can see what the imagery in this ad has to do with what it's supposedly selling (warning: it's a bit disturbing):
And with that, we're done. Back to ad-free posting.