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The Unvirginiser

Subliminal Messages

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In 1978, Wichita, Kansas TV station KAKE-TV received special permission from the police to place a subliminal message in a report on the BTK Killer (Bind, Torture, Kill) in an effort to get him to turn himself in. The subliminal message included the text "Now call the chief," as well as a pair of glasses. The glasses were included because when BTK murdered Nancy Fox, there was a pair of glasses lying upside down on her dresser; police felt that seeing the glasses might stir up remorse in the killer. The attempt was unsuccessful, and police reported no increased volume of calls afterward. [26]

 

Before the re-election of French president François Mitterrand in 1988, a subliminal picture of him was mixed in the title sequence of French national television daily news show, and it appeared for several consecutive days.[citation needed]

 

During the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign, a television ad campaigning for Republican candidate George W. Bush showed words (and parts thereof) scaling from the foreground to the background on a television screen. When the word BUREAUCRATS flashed on the screen, one frame showed only the last part, RATS.[27][28] The FCC looked into the matter,[29] but no penalties were ever assessed in the case.[citation needed]

 

In the British alternative comedy show The Young Ones, a number of subliminal images were present in the original and most repeated broadcasts of the second series. Images included a gull coming into land, a tree frog jumping through the air, a man gurning[vague], and the end credits of the movie Carry On Cowboy.[citation needed] These were included to mock the then-occurring matter of subliminal messages in television. Although they may fall foul of the FCC guidelines, these images do appear in the U.S. boxset DVD Every Stoopid Episode.

 

Chris Morris famously used subliminal messages to display a half-frame of the last episode of Brass Eye, stating "Grade is a c*nt" in reference to Michael Grade, the Channel 4 executive responsible for the heavy editing of Morris's show [30].

 

Shaun Micallef's Australian 'Micallef P®ogram(me)' shows contained strange subliminal messages that can be seen on the DVDs. As they are of random, humorous statements, questions, etc, they are not regarded as advertising. They were usually images of politicians, as is the case with his more recent Newstopia.

 

In Warner Brothers' 1943 animated film "Wise Quacking Duck", Daffy Duck spins a statue which is holding a shield. For one frame the words "BUY BONDS" are visible on the shield.

 

The December 16, 1973 episode of Columbo titled "Double Exposure", is based on subliminal messaging: it is used by the murderer, Dr. Bart Keppler, a motivational research specialist, played by Robert Culp, to lure his victim out of his seat during the viewing of a promotional film and by Lt. Columbo to bring Keppler back to the crime scene and incriminate him. Lt. Columbo is shown how subliminal cuts work in a scene mirroring James Vicary's experiment.[31][32]

 

The horror film the Exorcist is well-known for its frightening yet effective use of subliminal images throughout the film, depicting a white-faced demon named Captain Howdy. This image is shown in the character Father Karras's nightmare, where it flashes across the screen for a few seconds before fading away.

 

A McDonald's logo appeared for one frame during the Food Network's Iron Chef America series on 2007-01-27, leading to claims that this was an instance of subliminal advertising. The Food Network replied that it was simply a glitch.[33]

 

In Formula One racing, the paint scheme of many cars would carry messages intended to look as if they were of banned tobacco products in many Grands Prix where tobacco advertising was banned, though many of these were jokes on the part of the teams (for example, Jordan Grand Prix ran Benson and Hedges sponsorship as "Bitten and Hisses" with a snake-skin design on their cars). A similar procedure was used by NASCAR driver Jeff Burton after the AT&T Mobility advertising was banned by a court order in 2007, and by Penske Championship Racing in NASCAR (where Cellco Partnership is prohibited) and the IRL (Marlboro). In both instances, a distinctive design where the banned company's identity (the Verizon "V" and the Marlboro chevron) were integrated into the car's design.

 

On November 7, 2007, Network Ten Australia's broadcast of the ARIA Awards was caught out for using subliminal advertising in an exposé by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). [34]

 

In June-July 2007, Sprite used a type of obvious subliminal message, involving yellow (lemon) and green (lime) objects such as cars. The objects would then be shown inconspicuously in the same setting, while showing the word "lymon" (combining the words lime and lemon) on screen for a second at a time. They called this "Sublymonal Advertising." The previous year, Sprite used a similar advertising campaign, but this time it was tied in to Lost Experience, an alternate reality game.

 

In Brainiac: Science Abuse, there is an experiment carried out to see if viewers would react to subliminal messages. One was shown during an experiment to discover which substance provides the best skid; the message appeared when a brainiac hit a bale of hay. The second message appeared across a T-Shirt of a brainiac saying 'Call your mum', and the third said 'scratch your nose' when a sound wave hit the Brainiac logo. At the end of the show, people were shown in a theatre watching that episode. The test showed that the messages barely impacted the audience. The subliminal content in this episode was legal, as its presence was announced at the beginning and end of the episode.

 

In Week 11 of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart in which candidates have to create an ad for the Delta's former low-cost commercial airlines Song, the team Matchstick used a 1/48th of a frame image at the bottom-right corner with the Song Airlines logo.

 

 

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If you ask me it looks like somebody's cumming in to her mouth.

 

 

Should these be allowed? Freeze frames in films and television, hidden messages in songs and in images. Do you believe that subliminally showing us something is a breach of our human rights? Especially if it's for purposes such as advertising.

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Rhoda

I believe there are several degrees of subliminal advertising. There is that which is deemed harmful to society's ethics and make them feel uncomfortable to the point where the stigma shown is directly related to that product. Coca Cola is a fine example. I think you'll find more subliminal advertising tricks from Coca Cola than any other Corporation, bar perhaps fast food giants and the Disney Corporation.

 

Then there's the other type, which include images that are involved to stimulate the audiences. There was one video I found where it showed the viewer the average speed at which you'd see an advert in a magazine; quick flash, move on. However, you could instantly tell something was not right. Upon further examination it was revealed that the woman in the advert had three legs. It only took a split-second to look at it again, but that's where the advert has done it's job. You've gone back to look at it, maybe even looked at what company it was to have put such a bizarre image in their campaign. Sure, some may not even notice, but nothing's going to work 100%. If I find the video, I'll edit this post with it or post it separately if this takes off.

 

My opinion is that it's so hard to say what degree of subliminal advertising is acceptable. All adverts will have their quirks, and I think many of the examples given are only obvious when the risque image is pointed out. You could argue that subconsciously you know, but I doubt that when I'm really thirsty and I look at an advert featuring Pepsi, a large cartoon cock is going to be the first thing to notice at the back of my mind. There's far too much suggestion. In the case where subliminal messages are included to the tune of "BUY THIS" or "TURN YOURSELF IN" then yes, that's unacceptable and just shows how little a company believes in its product to sell well. However, I think many of these, such as the cock hidden in the ice cube are merely there as private jokes for the artist; a smug satisfaction knowing that the poster gracing trucks and walls everywhere has a hidden fellatio scene in there.

 

EDIT: I will say again that the logo of the Dodge doesn't appeal to me, because the diagram it's being compared to doesn't look nearly as attractive as the real thing. A picture similar to that we'd see in a biology lesson is hardly going to make my cock twitch and make me want a car that roars like a lion, but as I said earlier, it's not going to hook everyone. Nothing does.

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The Unvirginiser

Well maybe the artists add the sexual scenes so that audiences subconsciously like the image and then associate the likeable feeling with the product. To be honest I don't see how a cock in an ice cube could be noticed and grab anybody's attention subconsciously since you have to have the image pointed out to even realise what it is.

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To be honest I don't see how a cock in an ice cube could be noticed and grab anybody's attention subconsciously since you have to have the image pointed out to even realise what it is.

To me, that's exactly it, and even when it's pointed out to me I'm not going to look at the advert again weeks down the line and think "I need a coke" because there's a woman blowing horn on it. I think it's just expression, like when you draw a cock and balls on a phonebook or something.

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The Unvirginiser
To be honest I don't see how a cock in an ice cube could be noticed and grab anybody's attention subconsciously since you have to have the image pointed out to even realise what it is.

To me, that's exactly it, and even when it's pointed out to me I'm not going to look at the advert again weeks down the line and think "I need a coke" because there's a woman blowing horn on it. I think it's just expression, like when you draw a cock and balls on a phonebook or something.

Yeah, I suppose using it that way is fine with me, but if you're doing it to flash "BUY COKE" In the middle of a film then I think it's taking my freedom of choice away without me even knowing.

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HolyGrenadeFrenzy

Search Online: Subliminal Seduction

 

The whole topic is very well researched over the past five decades.

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But see, in most cases it's not taking away your freedom of choice. You see an image of a woman giving head in an ice cube and your subconsciousness simply remembers that advertisement better. It doesn't turn you into a Coca-Cola addict; that's not how it works.

 

I think if it's used just as a form of advertising, it's okay. The only major difference is that you're taking in an advertiser's message subconsciously. Obviously, hidden dicks and vaginas attract attention to your subconsciousness, thus causing the ad to "stick" in your mind. You're not being hypnotized to immediately go out and buy a certain product because you may or may no crave something regardless of the attention you paid to the ad. I suppose one could argue that billboards with big penises on them are crude, but if they're hidden and implemented into the message so much that they aren't even consciously noticeable then what's the issue? Sex sells; you're just being more discreet about it.

 

Advertising itself is the art of manipulating the public. People might feel used and deceived by subliminal messages, but its really no different from "normal" advertisements other than the fact that the advertiser is the one who controls the amount of attention the consumer spends observing an ad, and not the other way around. But ultimately, it is still up to the consumer whether or not to buy the specific product. You don't really have a "right" to pay attention to anything, and if you're doing it without even noticing then why would you care?

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Struff Bunstridge

I don't get the first one - the old cigarette ad?

 

My girlfriend doesn't get it, either. So it's not just me. blush.gif

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Dingdongs
I don't get the first one - the old cigarette ad?

 

My girlfriend doesn't get it, either. So it's not just me. blush.gif

I'm with Struff I don't know what the hell it's supposed to be either.

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The Unvirginiser

Kid of looks like he's holding a cock, apparently. I can see a bit, not much.

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Struff Bunstridge

Hmmm. Tenuous, at best.

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Spaghetti Cat

If Subliminal Messages really worked, then how would we know? sly.gif

 

If I remember correctly, back in the 40's the movie theaters would play the "let's all go to the lobby" song, and at the same time vent in the freshly popped popcorn smell. People would then rush out and buy popcorn from the theatre. Not really the frame insert that the OP describes, but you get the idea.

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If Subliminal Messages really worked, then how would we know?  sly.gif

 

If I remember correctly, back in the 40's the movie theaters would play the "let's all go to the lobby" song, and at the same time vent in the freshly popped popcorn smell. People would then rush out and buy popcorn from the theatre. Not really the frame insert that the OP describes, but you get the idea.

Because the messages have to be there in order for you to subconsciously pick them up, your concious may not pick them up immediately but they're still there in the open.

 

From my understanding of subliminal messaging it's a lot like hypnosis, it can't convince you to do anything you wouldn't do anyway, it just tries to swing the odd in the favour of you doing X as oppose to Y. It's not going to convince you to start smoking if you're set against smoking, that's not how it works. It just gets a thought in your head so when you do consider the options, open mindedly, you go for the one you were "influenced" to get, in theory anyway.

 

When I did magic many a year ago I learnt a script (from one of Derren Brown's books, can't remember which) that increased the likelihood of someone picking the Jack of Diamonds in their head, you then do your whole "wooo, I'm reading your mind" routine (although I later learned people find it much more entertaining when you drop that bit tounge2.gif) to pick the card. But some people have cards they ALWAYS think of, or they have favourites. My point is that you can only influence someone who is open to whatever you're suggesting.

 

I agree with Vercetti21 that it's not really anything to complain about, you still have the freedom to choose, they just try to get you to remember their product which is after all the whole point of advertising.

Edited by Seachmall

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Otter

The real question is - is it more, or less, effective than advertising is already? I haven't seen studies of this sort. Anyone else?

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Rhoda
The real question is - is it more, or less, effective than advertising is already? I haven't seen studies of this sort. Anyone else?

I remember seeing one study (hard to verify without a source I know) where they would show two groups the same film on a completely unrelated subject to subliminal advertising, and neither were told the true purpose of the experiment. One version of the film was edited with such one-frame stills as "YOUR HEAD IS NOW ITCHY" or something as simple as "COUGH". The other film was left as it is with no edits whatsoever. The audiences for both showings were filmed. This is the best of my recollection, and if anyone can find it I'd be most grateful.

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What I'd really like to see is a study where they show to one group of subjects, say, a coca-cola ad, and another group an automobile ad with a subliminal message for coke. Something more along those lines.

 

The fact is, flashing "Scratch your head" on the screen even for a full second will probably have the same effect on people. I can't tell you how often I find myself nodding along with characters on screen, or smiling back at them. We're weird creatures, us humans.

 

If anyone's really interested in the subject, I strongly suggest reading Blink by Malcom Gladwell. He covers this briefly, but the peripheral discussion is incredibly interesting, and ties into the thesis of the entire book - that many of our actions and choices can be seen as knee-jerk automatic responses.

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What I'd really like to see is a study where they show to one group of subjects, say, a coca-cola ad, and another group an automobile ad with a subliminal message for coke.  Something more along those lines. 

 

The fact is, flashing "Scratch your head" on the screen even for a full second will probably have the same effect on people. I can't tell you how often I find myself nodding along with characters on screen, or smiling back at them.  We're weird creatures, us humans.

 

If anyone's really interested in the subject, I strongly suggest reading Blink by Malcom Gladwell. He covers this briefly, but the peripheral discussion is incredibly interesting, and ties into the thesis of the entire book - that many of our actions and choices can be seen as knee-jerk automatic responses.

Otter has it!

 

Yeah, buddy......You can sell more Cocoa Cola by just painting a white shrip down the side of a red wall.

 

This was actually done in the Chicago Area and the study reported a hUGE increase in the sales of the soft drink all along the Highway that veiwed it.

 

No Cocoa Cola words, no additional stimulus, just a white streaming strip in the same design ratio as the famous Coke Wave on a bright red wall of a multistory building and BAM......instant sales!

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Otter

Well that's not subliminal; that's brand recognition. They'd have the same result if they spelled out the company's name.

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Some creepy subliminal messages found in disney movies:

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Rhoda

The first image was deliberately drawn in by a disgruntled artist who was laid off from his job, but was still required to complete the poster until his contract expired. What resulted was a penis.

 

The second image was designed as a "test" to Walt Disney. It was always said that Walt could identify faulty frames instantly. This was put to the test by animators who slipped in two seperate frames of nudity. Walt identified both.

 

The third one actually reads "SFX", a message that was inserted by the special effects department designated to the dust particle physics system.

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Dingdongs

Lmao smile.gif

I have an old air freshener bottle in my basement, where someone took a photo of a penis and it went into distribution for a few days. I gotta take a photo of it you guys will laugh your asses off. I will do it tomorrow after work.

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Rhoda

Just turned the TV on and there was a music channel looking at me. Britney Spears comes waltzing in and parades with her new song If You Seek Amy.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging if you seek Amy."

 

Now there’s something not right about that straight away, is there? It doesn’t even make sense, but sometimes you have to say it loud for the penny to drop. How about if I write it like this? It's something that will appeal to small girls and rampant adults and they won’t even know why. Girls of 13 buying this album and singing this song as their hair dries, not even knowing what they’re saying. It’s f*cking odd and slightly sinister.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging F-U-C-K me."

 

I'm not going mad.

 

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Just turned the TV on and there was a music channel looking at me. Britney Spears comes waltzing in and parades with her new song If You Seek Amy.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging if you seek Amy."

 

Now there’s something not right about that straight away, is there? It doesn’t even make sense, but sometimes you have to say it loud for the penny to drop. How about if I write it like this? It's something that will appeal to small girls and rampant adults and they won’t even know why. Girls of 13 buying this album and singing this song as their hair dries, not even knowing what they’re saying. It’s f*cking odd and slightly sinister.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging F-U-C-K me."

 

I'm not going mad.

 

Entertainment Weekly called it "puerile" and that "it'll be a middle-school sensation." The Guardian said "If U Seek Amy" is a better pun than it is a song, but there's a relish about her delivery of the chorus - "all the boys and all the girls are begging to F-U-C-K me" - that's noticeably lacking elsewhere." USA Today said "If U Seek Amy" mocks onlookers' morbid fascination with the downward spiral of celebrities." The Independent gave the song a negative review, writing :"If You Seek Amy is crass: the entire song is simply an excuse for Spears to sing 'All of the boys and all of the girls want to F-U-C-K me', about as cheap as sensationalist outrage gets".

 

Renamed single in US

 

In a Rolling Stone magazine interview, parents were quoted as saying, "I was astonished and totally taken aback when I heard my 5 and 7 year old kids walking around the house singing 'F-U-C-K' ... When I asked them what it was, they told me it was Britney Spears. I was horrified". Rolling Stone defended Spears, arguing that parents should have been aware of the singer's musical themes. The Parents Television Council cautioned radio stations and cable music channels about broadcasting the music video for this song for the same reason.

 

Due to this reaction to the music, in the US, a radio edit has been released as "If U See Amy". This edit takes out the 'k' in 'seek' and speeds up the chorus, therefore running thirteen seconds shorter than the original version. The "If U See Amy" version will only be released to US radio, with the music video and the international radio single being both "If U Seek Amy".

 

- Wiki

 

 

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Just turned the TV on and there was a music channel looking at me. Britney Spears comes waltzing in and parades with her new song If You Seek Amy.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging if you seek Amy."

 

Now there’s something not right about that straight away, is there? It doesn’t even make sense, but sometimes you have to say it loud for the penny to drop. How about if I write it like this? It's something that will appeal to small girls and rampant adults and they won’t even know why. Girls of 13 buying this album and singing this song as their hair dries, not even knowing what they’re saying. It’s f*cking odd and slightly sinister.

 

"All the girls and all the boys are begging F-U-C-K me."

 

I'm not going mad.

It's quite a worrying source of influence, especially when exposed to younger children; however, it provoked publicity and "any

publicity is good publicity". "f*ck" is also a term one is more likely to remember, especially younger children not used to hearing it.

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Breaking Bohan

Subliminal messages should be used for good (education or therapy) and not to turn the public into a bunch of zombies who are programmed to buy buy buy.

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Forgot to post that photo on the air fresher can, took it after work today with my iPhone.. didn't know it had such good quality.. anyway - here it is for sh*ts and giggles:

 

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Seachmall
Forgot to post that photo on the air fresher can, took it after work today with my iPhone.. didn't know it had such good quality.. anyway - here it is for sh*ts and giggles:

 

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I can't see a penis, where is it?

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Breaking Bohan
Forgot to post that photo on the air fresher can, took it after work today with my iPhone.. didn't know it had such good quality.. anyway - here it is for sh*ts and giggles:

 

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I can't see a penis, where is it?

I was also terribly confused here - what am I looking for?

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See how terribly hard it is to miss biggrin.gif The thing was in the stores for a few days until someone noticed.

 

 

I circled it now smile.gif

 

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Rhoda

That's a can of Renuzit, right? Snopes covers this, and unfortunately the image of a purposeful penis is false, though I don't doubt it looks remarkably like a circumcised wang.

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