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11 January 2005 @ 11:43 pm
Watta woil, watta woil*  

When I was growing up, cigarettes and liquor were regularly advertised on TV. (Although I must say that it was a long time ago—it even startles me when I see a clip of an old ad with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble lighting up and talking about the rich, smooth flavor of their cigarettes….)

Today, here in the Technical Vastness of the Future, we're enlightened and we know better than to allow such things—we've made it illegal to advertise cigarettes and liquor on TV. I reckon this is a good thing. Time marches on, and progress is made. Nowadays we advertise drugs on TV…

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*As Krazy Kat was wont to say.

 
 
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Peter Hentgesjbru on January 12th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
And we've allowed liquor advertisements back with restrictions (late hours, not with certain types of programming, IIRC) ... or maybe that's just radio.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on January 12th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)

Is that "hard" liquor, or beer and the new "beer substitute" drinks targeted at kids "younger drinkers"?

Peter Hentgesjbru on January 12th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Liquor like rum, for example. (I know I've heard "Bacardi and Cola" ads on the radio.) Also, some vodka I think.
gomeza on January 12th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Amen.
*sigh*
Carol Kennedycakmpls on January 12th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and they advertise the drugs in much the same ways they advertised liquor and cigarettes.
Mayor of "There"rmjwell on January 12th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Don't forget: we are still continuing that amazingly effective War on (Some) Drugs, to borrow a phrase from the estimable Jon Carroll.
songs in the key of me: 'Portrait' - inside - coffee/cigchorus on January 12th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I made a comment on the phone last night that I could tell something was an '80s video because it pictured someone smoking.

Someone else mentioned that there are some liquor ads allowed on TV (not counting beer, which apparently doesn't count as 'liquor' under the same principle in which alcohol is not a drug), in which they of course urge you to drink responsibly. I've also seen liquor-company sponsored designated driver ads.

I mention this because the three principle ads I see regarding smoking on TV are:
a) 'truth' ads, which I would rather gouge my eyeballs out than ever see again, because, well, shut up already, and
b) Ads sponsored by tobacco companies explaining how cool they are to be sponsoring carding programs and cigarette/smoking awareness programs, and,
c) Smoking cessation ads.

Now, I don't know about you, but all three of these ads make me think about cigarettes, and the first and last of those make me want to have one...

So far, however, I haven't felt a need to rush out and get an Effexor or Imodium prescription. :)