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50,280. If anyone here is in Advertising or Marketing, kill yourself. (Advertising & Sell) Bill Hicks, ‘Revelations’ Live at Dominion Theatre London
99,911. There’s a radio commercial that says a certain diet pill works three times faster than starvation. (Comedy & Radio & Advertising & Diet & Starvation) George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?
50,340. Advertising sells you things you don’t need and can’t afford, that are overpriced and don’t work. And they do it by exploiting your fears and insecurities, and if you don’t have any they’ll be glad to give you a few by showing you a nice picture of a woman with big tits. That’s the essence of advertising: big tits. Threateningly big tits. George Carlin 1997
5,401. The fact is that the modern implementation of the prison planet has far surpassed even Orwell’s 1984 and the only difference between our society and those fictionalized by Huxley, Orwell and others, is that the advertising techniques used to package the propaganda are a little more sophisticated on the surface.
Yet just a quick glance behind the curtain reveals that the age old tactics of manipulation of fear and manufactured consensus are still being used to force humanity into accepting the terms of its own imprisonment and in turn policing others within the prison without bars. (Civil Liberties & Liberty & Control & War on Terror & Advertising & Propaganda & Fear & Prison) Paul Joseph Watson
6,455. Somehow the average citizen thinks that his or her mind could never be manipulated, and yet every day we’re manipulated by each other, we’re manipulated by advertising – a thousand things impact and manipulate us in different ways. (Mind Control & Mind & Advertising & Propaganda) Dr Margaret Singer, Emeritus Professor Berkeley UC
7,623. Advertising split the early web community. (Internet & Computer & Advertising) Download: The True Story of the Internet series
20,733. What’s advertising but a legalised con game? And what the hell’s marriage? (GBH Films & Advertising & Marriage) The Anderson Tapes 1971 starring Sean Connery & Christopher Walken & Alan King & Martin Balsam & Dyan Cannon & Ralph Meeker Val Avery & Dick Anthony Williams & Garrett Morris et al, director Sidney Lumet, Duke
21,111. A small advertisement appears in the classified section of the Chicago Times: $5000 Reward: For Killers of Officer Bundy on December 9 1932. Call Northside 777. Ask for Tillie Wiecek 12-7 p.m. (GBH Films & Advertisement) State of Grace 1990 starring Sean Penn & Ed Harris & Gary Oldman & Robin Wright & John Turturro & R D Call & John C Reilly & Joe Viterelli & Burgess Meredith & Marco St John & Mo Gaffney & Deirdre O'Connell & Thomas G Waites et al, director Phil Joanou, Borelli
28,926. By 1929 more money is spend on advertising than on education. (United States of America & Education & Advertising) America: The Story of the US: Bust
36,749. Every night I watch the nightly news. It’s funded by the pharmaceutical companies. Virtually every ad is a drug ad. They get their say every night on the nightly news through advertising. (Pharmaceuticals & Advertising & News & Propaganda) Michael Moore
42,467. The entire ad campaign ... was intrinsically deceptive. (Corporation & Libel & Free Speech & Advertisement) Stephen Gardner, Assistant US Attorney General
44,756. Everyone knows that when you look at a television ad, you do not expect to get information. You expect to see delusion and imagery. (Television & Advertisement) Noam Chomsky
50,330. A tremendous amount of the entrepreneurial initiative, if you want to call it that, comes from the dynamic state sector on which most of the economy relies to socialize costs and risks and privatize eventual profit. And that’s achieved by, if you like, advertising. Noam Chomsky
44,798. News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising. (News & Advertising) Lord Northcliffe
44,802. All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news. (News & Newspaper & Advertising) George Orwell, Why I Write
44,839. The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper. (Newspaper & Advertisement) Thomas Jefferson
100,374. Bernays was the first person to take Freud’s ideas and use them to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations for the first time how they could make people want things they didn’t need by linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Out of this would come a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying people’s inner selfish desires, one made them happy and thus docile. It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate our world today. (Propaganda & Psychology & Masses & Advertising & Self) Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self I: Happiness Machines
100,375. Bernays returned to New York and set up as a public relations counsel in a small office off Broadway. It was the first time the term had been used. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising) ibid.
100,376. He wondered if he could make money by manipulating the unconscious. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising) ibid.
50,239. Bernays set out to experiment with the minds of the popular classes. His most dramatic experiment was to persuade women to smoke. At that time there was a taboo against women smoking. And one of his early clients, George Hill, the president of the American tobacco corporation, asked Bernays to find ways of breaking it. (Propaganda & Psychology & Masses & Advertising & Tobacco & Smoking) ibid.
100,377. It made him [Bernays] realise that it was possible to persuade people to behave irrationally if you linked products to their emotional desires and feeling. The idea that smoking actually made women freer was completely irrational but it made them feel independent. (Propaganda & Psychology & Self & Public Relations & Advertising & Irrationality & Smoking) ibid.
50,254. The principles underlying propaganda are extremely simple. Find some common desire, some widespread unconscious fear or anxiety; think out some way to relate this wish or fear to the product you have to sell; then build a bridge of verbal or pictorial symbols over which your customer can pass from fact to compensatory dream, and from the dream to the illusion that your product, when purchased, will make the dream come true. They are selling hope.
We no longer buy oranges, we buy vitality. We do not just buy an auto, we buy prestige. And so with all the rest. In toothpaste, for example, we buy not a mere cleanser and antiseptic, but release from the fear of being sexually repulsive. In vodka and whisky we are not buying a protoplasmic poison which in small doses, may depress the nervous system in a psychologically valuable way; we are buying friendliness and good fellowship, the warmth of Dingley Dell and the brilliance of the Mermaid Tavern. With our laxatives we buy the health of a Greek god. With the monthly best seller we acquire culture, the envy of our less literate neighbors and the respect of the sophisticated. In every case the motivation analyst has found some deep-seated wish or fear, whose energy can be used to move the customer to part with cash and so, indirectly, to turn the wheels of industry. (Propaganda & Advertising) Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
50,264. When governments rely increasingly on sophisticated public relations agencies, public debate disappears and is replaced by competing propaganda campaigns, with all the accompanying deceits. Advertising isn't about truth or fairness or rationality, but about mobilising deeper and more primitive layers of the human mind. (Propaganda & Advertising & Public Relations) Brian Eno
6,510. The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country ... We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society ... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons ... who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind. (Mind Control & Propaganda & Democracy & Mass & Public & Secret Government & Elite & Advertising & Group & Control) Edward L Bernays, Propaganda
50,278. If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it. (Propaganda & Advertising & Group & Masses & Control & Mind Control) ibid.
50,231. The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people. Of course, the means and methods of accomplishing these ends have changed as society has changed. (Propaganda & Advertising & Opinion) Edward Bernays, Crystallizing Public Opinion 1923
50,274. This is an age of mass production. In the mass production of materials a broad technique has been developed and applied to their distribution. In this age, too, there must be a technique for the mass distribution of ideas. (Propaganda & Advertising & Opinion) Edward Bernays, Manipulating Public Opinion
50,279. People act on those commercials. Those commercials have real influence. They are done scientifically to get into your unconscious mind. (Advertising & Propaganda) Charles Juntikka, Bankruptcy Attorney
50,281. Boraxo waterless hand cleaner. It really cleans up warts. (Advertising & Reagan) Ronald Reagan