Do you think subliminal tv commercials should be made illegal?

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  1. Violet Flame profile image65
    Violet Flameposted 11 years ago

    Do you think subliminal tv commercials should be made illegal?

    It seems some fast food companies have been including subliminal messages in their ads. Should it be made illegal to do so? Why is it ok for them to mess with our mind?

  2. sradie profile image60
    sradieposted 11 years ago

    I once did a study on subliminal TV and print ads to share with a teenage youth group at church to show them how they can be manipulated by things they don't even realize they've been exposed to. I had the kids find examples and bring them to Sunday School a couple weeks later. It was amazing the things they found. It even caused me to be more observant. Now I kind of enjoy looking for subliminal messaging but I confess that I am alarmed by the power it contains. I don't think legislating morality ever works but only serves to raise unresolvable conflicts in society. The most obvious example being the abortion issue. I believe we need to educate one another to these issues that impact our lives and let individuals make informed decisions. Of course that has pitfalls of it's own but it certainly is more sensible than legislating peoples morality. That is a personal choice issue that for me at least, should be between man and God.

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      wow what a brilliant thing we did with those kids at Sunday School. I am sure you've opened their mind to things they otherwise wouldn't be aware of. I do hate to think someone is messing with my mind, but like u said, becoming more aware is the key!

    2. lone77star profile image72
      lone77starposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Beautiful answer. Increasing individual awareness is a beautiful way to combat the messages transmitted in "darkness"

  3. Simba73 profile image68
    Simba73posted 11 years ago

    I'll answer this question just after I get a coke wink

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      ha ha ha Simba, enough said, LOL

    2. sradie profile image60
      sradieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, I liked the subliminality of this subliminal response too.

    3. Meg Davis profile image68
      Meg Davisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Mmmm, Coke....

    4. viveresperando profile image64
      viveresperandoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We must live in different areas because I craving a Pepsi, giggles.

    5. lone77star profile image72
      lone77starposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Ah, I think I'll take another sip of my water (non-commercial).

  4. Deepak Chaturvedi profile image63
    Deepak Chaturvediposted 11 years ago

    Yes,the objective of ads only give you the product knowlegdge but subliminal ads or tv commercial not doing this.

  5. whonunuwho profile image53
    whonunuwhoposted 11 years ago

    This tactic has been carried on for many years in newspapers, magazines, and television. Over radio, and even in scripted messages on phone calls. It is unfair and has implications of a scrutiny that is inexcusable, yet seems to be dealt with in a complacent manner in most cases. people have been messing with our minds for centuries and will continue to do so in some manner that nets them their goals(control and exercise of their power, which seems more valuable to them than money). If they are judged to be harmful in their content on T.V. then protests should well be launched by the public in writing, E-mails, to congress, to television help stations and governor's offices. Much public outcry does have positive effects at times.

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I am guessing there are much more going on in that department then I ever care to think about. Good thing I don't watch much TV nowadays. The only radio station I listen to when I am driving doesn't have commercials, which is a real blessing.

  6. profile image0
    Garifaliaposted 11 years ago

    Yes, they should. And so should the subliminal life we're leading.

    1. lone77star profile image72
      lone77starposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Get rid of the subliminal life, as you describe, and likely people would be too aware to be tricked by subliminal ads.

  7. violetheaven profile image61
    violetheavenposted 11 years ago

    Yes. Subliminal ads, while not severe, is a form of hypnosis. I never give my permission to be hypnotized, why and I left with no choice for the ads I view that subliminally suggest products without any consent. Oh is that part of the cable agreement? Pay to get hypnotized.

  8. viveresperando profile image64
    viveresperandoposted 11 years ago

    That would be a great hub, examples of commercials with subliminal messages.  What about movies with subliminal messages?  Sorry I know this is not much of an answer, but I do believe education on what they are doing would be helpful for people to be more aware.  Do you think being more aware lessens the effect?  Got once into a short discussion whether yes or no? lol Don't remember the conclusion. Personally I feel being aware definitely lessens the effect.  Do you?

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I think it might depends on how detectable the subliminal suggestions are to your consciousness. But is it at all detectable? Most of them are designed so the human eye could not pick it out. It's an excellent question !!!!

    2. viveresperando profile image64
      viveresperandoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Do you believe that subliminal messages can only be sent to us through what we see or through both?  Through what we see and what we hear? I believe both.

  9. ritsukakunx profile image63
    ritsukakunxposted 11 years ago

    If that were the case, all commercials would be illegal!

  10. lone77star profile image72
    lone77starposted 11 years ago

    Corporate Party media has made a fine art of manipulating the public.

    No, I don't think any of it should be made illegal.

    I think, instead, that people should be educated so they can be aware of the attempts at manipulation.

    Take for instance the manipulation of the Corporate Party media to keep alive the illusion of normalcy and choice when the political system has been reduced to a sham. We have the pretense of elections and voting, but the reality is that Obamney and Rombama are essentially the same on everything critically important to the future of America. As puppets of the Corporate Party, it doesn't matter to the Rockefellers and Rothschilds who wins. Both will help them dismantle the US Constitution.

    And look at how deftly the Corporate Party sold the Bush "conspiracy theory" on 9/11. I believed it for 10 years, until I started looking into it. Then the science woke me up to their lies. Corporate Party plus their stooges in government murdered 3000+ Americans just so they could implement tyranny and profitable wars. The several tons of iron microspheres is the clue that told me 9/11 was an inside job. Those indicate tons of recently molten iron and the 9/11 fires weren't hot enough to melt the structural iron (steel) of the 3 collapsed buildings. Molten iron indicates controlled demolition. And controlled demolition indicates unfettered access to 3 highly-secure buildings, with tenants like the CIA.

    More than anything, Americans need to wake up so they are not fooled like the Germans 80 years ago. Hitler was so persuasive and look where that took his people.

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      mmmm.....interesting.....have you got a hub written about all that 9/11 stuff? I wouldn't mind having a read and get to know a little more xoxo

  11. Claudia47 profile image64
    Claudia47posted 11 years ago

    The media has been manipulating our choices since there was advertising - and even before.  How many people bought "magic elixirs" 150 years ago?  Snake oil salesmen blew into town, sold bottles of the useless stuff, then disappeared.

    I don't think subliminal suggestions are dangerous, just annoying.  They can try to influence us to buy a particular car, wrinkle cream, or child's toy.  But we know this when we go shopping.

    Isn't it our responsibility to choose the vehicle we can afford, realize no cream can turn back time, and not let our kids hustle us into spending hundreds on plastic toys?

    Of course, it's also wise, like the poster who taught her youth group, to explain all this to the next generation.

  12. dianetrotter profile image61
    dianetrotterposted 11 years ago

    it annoys me that a woman riding a mechanical horsing, with her private part bumping against the saddle, is about hamburgers.  Jack in the Box has their share of nasty commercials.  It makes it difficult to try to talk to students about what is appropriate and inappropriate when such commercials are on all day.

    1. Violet Flame profile image65
      Violet Flameposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      at school, my younger classmates keeps pouring down energy drinks down their throat before or after their coffee.....and one wonders why they get all these bad habits from.......


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