Tiny Women

BBDO, now a subsidiary of the Omnicom oligopoly, made this shining gem in 1961:

Marketing, by its very nature, is always a cultural straggler, discreetly recycling all the prejudices and hoary excuses that serve power and privilege.

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Mark Lovas
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I would like to hear a sociolinguist comment upon her accent—or, perhaps, I mean the abscence (to my ears, anyway) of a discernible regional accent. I don’t think, e.g., she has a Boston accent.

Martin
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Class markers indicate that she is from the upper class – her family from the Back bay, the father an alcoholic, the mother manic-depressive, her husband a golfing stockbroker, the whole dreary Richard Yaes scenario. Actually, sit this ad in front of today’s harried soccer mom/human resoruces VP, she envies the hell out of this layabout dunce. And, by the way, substitute “law,” “literature,” localvore,” “education,” in the “(Blank), by its very nature, is always a cultural straggler, discreetly recycling all the prejudices and hoary excuses that serve power and privilege,” and you’d be correct. So Ms. Tiny World is… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Oh, my. This is so primitive, so old school. Spelling out the reasons why you should buy.

Things are miles ahead these days. I give you this masterpiece of a Thai commercial currently going “viral”. If this does not make you buy phone service, I don’t know what will:

http://mashable.com/2013/09/16/thai-ad-true-corp/