Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Bad Things about American Advertising

I looked out the window this morning and was reminded that it must now be the
Christmas shopping season and so I am sending out this subtle and understated
Seasons Greetings and cautionary message regarding the advertising practices of
American retail businesses!

Dear Friends, Gentlemen, Gentlewomen, Patrons, Admirers, as well as skeptical

With the 2009 Halloween (buy Bud's art), Diwali (buy Bud's art), Dias las Muertos (buy Bud's art), Thanksgiving (buy Bud's art), Christmas (buy Bud's art), Kwanzaa (buy Bud's art),Chanukuh (buy Bud's art), Year of the Red Fire Dog (buy Bud's art), Tet Nguyen Dan gift-giving weeks now upon us and quickly going by, (buy Bud's art), and the time-honored traditions(buy Bud's art), pagan rituals, and religious ceremonies (buy Bud's art)we blithely observe, whose origins are oftentimes obscured by clever (buy Bud's art)marketing ploys including skillfully disguised subliminal messages (buy Bud's art), I'd like to thank all of you (buy Bud's art) who have purchased my art (buy Bud's art) during 2009. But beware of the advertising industry's (buy Bud's art)careful and cynical use of subliminal (buy Bud's art) advertising.

From the seemingly innoucuous (buy Bud's art) baking of cookies for open houses in the (buy Bud's art)real estate industry, to the use of (buy Bud's art)brand names in movies, to visual and auditory fragments of a desired message in (buy Bud's art)video, to the insertions of frame messages in motion pictures, to........the list goes on(buy Bud's art). All of these insidious (buy Bud's art)brain washing techniques are infecting our (buy Bud's art)marketplaces of(buy Bud's art) ideas and (buy Bud's art)products. In politics(buy Bud's art), does The Manchurian Candidate (buy Bud's art)ring any bells? These below conciousness levels of (buy Bud's art)persuasion can be the only reason (buy Bud's art) The Hummer (buy Bud's art)became a popular urban (buy Bud's art)commuting vehicle.

However successful (buy Bud's art)these pervasive techniques may be in the (buy Bud's art)market place, tremendous quantities of unpurchased art crowd the walls of my apartment (buy Bud's art), my hallway, my garage, my sister and mother's house (buy Bud's art), my brother's house (buy Bud's art), my other brother's apartment, (buy Bud's art), many of my friends' houses (buy Bud's art), several of my neices and nephews dorm rooms (buy Bud's art), bedrooms (buy Bud's art), apartment walls (buy Bud's art), hallways (buy Bud's art), my church (buy Bud's art), restaurants, coffee houses, and vineyard shops (buy Bud's art), as well as actual art galleries!! and I could go on and on and on and on and on and on....and on.

In addition, with the current worldwide recession/depression, the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the land (buy Bud's art), it is incumbent upon each of us to support(buy Bud's art) the nation's economy (buy Bud's art)by an enormous burst of (buy Bud's art)consumer spending in this last quarter of 2009. Give Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack a chance (buy Bud's art), let George W. Bush retire gracefully with a roaring economy (buy Bud's art), give John McCain a fond farewell, do your patriotic duty (buy Bud's art), show your love for others (especially me), and honor our religious, secular, and pagan traditions (buy Bud's art) by spending money (buy Bud's art) furiously until the year's end.

In addition to my art(buy Bud's art), I now sell representations of my art in the form of (buy Bud's art) hand made cards appr. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Let me know which pieces of my art you would like (buy Bud's art) and I can put that together. I sell them in a set of 5 for $10.00. And Calendars are $20. These are really quite nice and make wonderful gifts.


Ps. In the spirit of accountability, this message was reviewed be me three times
now with a few 2009 modifications and I still stand by it.

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