posted on Jun, 12 2007 @ 10:17 AM
Originally posted by Lexion
I smoke. Have since I was 12 or so. Am I proud of that ?
Not at all. It's just a fact.
Does advertisement work to curb under-age smoking or alcohol and
drug use ? Maybe. Maybe not.
Will using swear words in the ads make them work any better ?
I doubt it.
I doubt that they are using swear words to get the point across. It expresses how messed up they think the tactics of the tobacco company is. It is an
expression not a persuasion. They are trying to get their point across by showing how far the tobacco companies will go to sell their product to any
age group and how they are always trying to disprove how dangerous it is.
The phrase really has little to do with the impact of the commercial. It's brief, it's short and unless your child has already learned what these
curse word are then they would not be able to pick up what it means. Most children learn "bad words" from each other on the playground...They repeat
what they hear from their parents to other children, 1/2 the time they have no idea what it even means....All it takes is one parent who has abusive
language and the child is repeating everything they say to all the other children in school, so in theory the biggest influence and threat to a
child's behavior and language is their parents.
Also these commercials do not air on children's stations, you would not see these commercials before adult swim on cartoon network, they air on
channels like VH1, MTV, and any channels that adults would be watching, (channels that have ratings of TV14 and up) and TRUTH is trying to get their
point across to young adults and parents so they can join in the fight against big tobacco. They are getting the "TRUTH" out about how cut throat
these companies are.
A child can turn on Comedy Central (An extended cable channel) on Saturday night and stumble across "Secret Stash" when they air a movie uncut
saying every curse word in the book. If you are afraid you must block all channels that you believe are to mature for a child to watch.
If you are really worried you could block every channel expect local channels and children's network channels. Disney Channel (they are very
strict)/Cartoon Network (before night time)/PBS/Discovery Channel/Science Channel/Nickelodeon/National Geographic channel, or you could influence your
child to not watch TV so much...plus cable makes it so easy now to monitor what you child watches, they have categories and have a whole KIDS category
with movies and programs. I can promise you I have never seen this commercial on a kids network....The commercials on kids networks advertise
toys,games,other previews to children movies and shows, baby products, food, lots of Easy Mac commercials, Capri sun, lots of food that children
This is such a small concern that is almost silly to debate about....It is up to you as the parent if you believe it's too much and to block it if
so. You cannot mess with freedom of speech.
[edit on 12-6-2007 by Tetraspace]