My wife and I were watching the Olympics earlier, and there was a commercial for the Escilade (I think that's the car it was for, at least. It's the one that uses Led Zep's "Rock And Roll" in its ads, which I consider a crime in and of itself). You see the car zooming along and you also see shots of trains moving. At the end, the car zooms across a railroad track and the next shot is two trains passing each other on that intersection. You don't actually see the car itself in the shot where the two trains cross, so I wasn't completely sure that the car was supposed to have crossed just in time to miss the trains. So I was about to give the commercial the benefit of the doubt, and then my wife asked me, 'did that commercial just encourage trying to beat the trains?', so she took it the same way! Has anyone else seen this commercial? Does anyone else think it encourages a dangerous stunt?
I haven't seen the commercial...but most auto commercials these days will broadcast some small-print at the end... "Professional driver on closed course..."
So, yeah, it's the usual mixed message.
1) Cars are sexy, fast, mean, lean, racing machines, and you can whiz, zip, veer, and roar through the American countryside at near-light speed...
2) ...But we don't want you to get hurt...so, like, don't do any of that stuff, okay?
I just wish they would make ads featuring some of the boneheaded maneuvers people actually do on our highways: overtaking on the shoulder, turning right from left-turn lanes, going the wrong way on freeways, etc...
Now that would be a funny commercial...
Silas (maybe we could pitch it as a PSA?) Sparkhammer
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I can just see me trying that in my car, the 1996 Geo Metro. AAAHAHAHAHAHA
I swear, trying to cross railroad tracks with the AC on is suicide. The poor little car...the power required to run the AC saps 7/8s of all the power...leaving me to accelerate to 20 mph per 11.2 seconds. *cough sputter ph ph pbbbtbtbttbtb*
Ahhh....the damn thing looks like a DeLorean humped a Jetson's car anyway.
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