Many years ago, they stopped permitting cigarette commercials on TV. Considering my beliefs on tobacco products, I was pleased with the decision, though it did bother me that those who benefited the most were the lawyers.
However, it begged the question, “Who or what will replace all the commercial revenue that tobacco provided for TV and radio. Unless you were around in the day as I was, you likely don’t realize the large percentage of ads from that one industry.
However, it’s not my point here to write about the ads, but rather the ads between the ads. On the TV, and movies as well, tobacco paid a bundle to shoe people smoking. In some case, they even made sure to expose the logo to the camera. It is all part of the subtle or disguised ads.
It is the Kellogg’s box or Folder’s exposed to the camera in hopes to increase the sales for the cereal or coffee.
It is the increase in tobacco sales as the result of characters in the show smoking. It is the increase in drinking as a result in the characters in the show making it appear to be the norm for everyone. I mean, why not drink. Everyone does it.
The tobacco contribution did not stop with the outright ads though. If you look at the old TV and radio shows, you will note that many of the characters smoked in their scenes. Guess what? Ads between the ads are still there. In the old movies and show, the characters still smoke to this day.
Well, the cigarette suggestive ads are no longer on new TV or movies, but many other ads are now subtly placed between the advertisements, where most don’t pay a lot of attention.
Some might wonder, “Does it work?”
I don’t know. They might. If they don’t work, some really big corporations are futility spending fortunes. Hence, I have to assume that all those outfits really believe it works. I suspect they spent an enormous amount of change in the research alone.
Initially, the ads from the casinos replaced at least some of tobacco money. When gambling was made legal in Tunica County, it was impossible to listen to ten minutes of Memphis radio or TV without hearing one of the ads. It seemed that if we went to the Hollywood Casino, we could all become famous actors. Little was mentioned of the fact that we might lose our shirts and perhaps a bit more.
It seemed once the old water barrier started to leak, it wasn’t long before gambling started all over the country. A couple of casinos were built here. A couple more were built there. I would now guess that there are few people in this country much more than a hundred miles away from someone willing and waiting to take all our/your money from us.
I don’t know. They just might have oversaturated. I don’t hear so many ads these days. On the other hand, they just might have more customers than they want. (I don’t think you’ll believe that one.)
Nonetheless, have you ever seen a recent movie or TV show where gamblers lose? The object of the subtle ad is to convince you that you can gamble and win. Not only that, you’ll have oodles of fun while you’re breaking the casino. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Remember the movie “The Rain Man.”
Consider the alcohol industry. Do you think they ignore the effects of the ads between the ads? I suspect the advertising departments in those outfits are very busy getting alcohol to fit in everywhere they can make it fit. This is true even though it amounts to putting the proverbial square in the round hole. Even those, so-called family oriented channels and shows have characters drinking at every scene possible. Some will actually buy the subterfuge, hook, line and sinker. Maybe I live a sheltered life, but, as near as I can tell, people simply don’t drink that much.
I suspect that the alcohol industry has done far more damage to our society than the tobacco industry could imagine. Smoking might damage the lungs but alcohol deprives the brain of oxygen. It doesn’t do the liver any good either. Yet, for some reason, we destroy the tobacco farmer while we encourage the little old wine makers.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like tobacco. My father and two of my brothers smoked. I saw the damage it did to them. I will not defend the cigarette. However, not too many people killed other people as the result of smoking as drinking does. How many people abused their wives and children while in an altered state from smoking; it doesn’t happen. The abuse of alcohol is far worse than smoking and it always will be.
It’s not just me saying that. The experts say that alcohol causes more damage to our society than any other drug. Maybe we should at least stop the ads between the advertisements on TV. Let’s not present it to our children as a good or normal way of life.
I also find it odd that clergy have become the guilty party in so many who-done-its these days. I do not suggest that there aren’t bad men who claim to teach of good things, but Hollywood intentionally distorts it. They clearly don’t like Christians or Christianity.
Moreover, it should not be a surprise to anyone who has read their Bible. Jesus has warned us of such people. He said to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Some of those wolves find their way behind pulpits and teach error. It’s horrible. It’s terrible. But let’s not imply that all preachers are bad.
On the other hand, they like to promote the concept that homosexuality is both common and normal. I know this is going to draw a bunch of criticism. Fine. I can live with that. However, it is more than coincidence that there are homosexual agents in both TV shows NCIS New Orleans and NCIS Hawaii. It does make me suspect that CBS does have an agenda. Cold Case also had its sprinkling of homosexual based plots. They are all intentional ads in between the advertisements regardless of right or wrong.
If you do want to know if it is right or wrong, don’t consult the shows. Don’t even ask me. I did not make the rules and I can’t change them. Neither can any of you. You might want to ask the one Who did make the rules. Then again, you might not want His reply. You might choose to do as Adam did and run from Him.
By the way, on a lighter note, I wish I could get the free advertising for my books that Sean Hannity and all the others on FOX News receive whilst they are supposedly talking about news or comment. I likely would still be a long way from a best seller, but I would at least have a chance.
That’s advertising between the advertisements too. Not only that, but I also bet they don’t pay a dime for it either.