TV Ads: Dumb the New Clever?
Michael Esposito takes the TV ad industry to task over the recent flurry of silly or mocking commercials depicting a world "where a subspecies of addlebrained humans thrives."
Michael Esposito takes the industry to task over the flurry of silly or mocking TV ads: "Forced to choose between saving my sweetheart or a beer, I'd pick my sweetheart every time. That's not necessarily such an obvious choice in the world of TV commercials, where a subspecies of addlebrained humans thrives. They're usually guys (but not always), and the message that seems to be coming from many such commercials is: 'Idiots and jerks buy our product. Unless you're too good to act like a buffoon or pick on the defenseless, you stuck-up snob you, you'll buy what we buy to be just like us!'"
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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