[LINK] Aussie TV network guilty of subliminal ads
stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed Oct 15 10:37:35 EST 2008
On 15/10/2008, at 11:24 AM, David Lochrin wrote:
>> Why is "surreptitiousness", in and of itself, a problem?
> Because it's intended to make the subject(s) perform actions they
> may not otherwise do with a minimum of conscious prior evaluation
> and contingent responsibility.
You mean like say, putting the lollies next to the checkout at
supermarkets to generate impulse buys?
Why is "conscious" evaluation so special? It's just a pretty skin on
top of a very complex mechanism of mind.
> Would you like some more direct examples?
I'm genuinely curious as to why this *specific* kind of "making the
subject(s) perform actions they may not otherwise do" is different
from any other kind, apart from the Twilight Zonesque scare-name
"subliminal". A thousand different persuasion techniques are in use,
why is this on so bad? (Particularly as there's no evidence that it IS
Give me reasons, and I will rail against it like the best Luddite in
the house! Not that there's any of those on Link, no Sir! ;)
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