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drmeow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:07 PM
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140. Personally I find the vast majority
of marketing to be obscene - even without using sex to sell. Most marketing is about either getting us to buy a product we don't need or getting us to buy a particular branded version of a product with no relation to quality or value - so it uses the most visceral material it can to cause a reaction. It also is a powerful socializing force (whether people like to think it is nor

Fortunately I only watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and fast forward past all the commercials.

I was thinking about some of this recently from the perspective of the "all sexuality is acceptable so don't be judgmental" attitude. It seems to have crossed the line from "don't judge my sexual preferences" to "I must be allowed to subject you to my sexual preferences." Not in the sense that everyone needs engage in the same sexual activity but that the person should be allowed to broadcast their sexual preference whenever and however they want. I think that crosses the line at times. For example, I have a friend who has informed me that she is a slave in a master/slave relationship. I could care less what kind of relationship she's in but did I REALLY need to know that. Her need to be an exhibitionist seems to trump my desire not to be a voyeur. In the same way, TV, movies, and advertising's need to appeal to the voyeurs trumps anyone's desire not to be a voyeur. Yes, we can always change the channel or mute it or record and fast forward or not buy the product but my reaction to it all is usually, "oh, please - MUST I be subjected to your juvenile scatological and/or sophomoric humor?" I find most of it to be boring and pathetic.

As for the comments that nudity and swearing are allowed on European TV - they may be allowed but are they really necessary? Does it really advance the plot or make the show funnier or is it just a weak cop out for mediocre writing.

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