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VINTAGE ADVERTISING

Published December 11, 2013 by Tony

ADs THAT COULD BE BANNED TODAY

Previous generations and I were accustomed to certain advertising campaigns that obviously are appropriate for the culture and society of that period. But, if today we go to review some vintage advertisings or if this happen to younger people, some of them will leave us amazed.

The first ads that come to my mind now, and that nowadays appear manifestly against the tide, are those relating to smoking or inciting tobacco addiction. After anti-smoking campaigns and the appropriate prohibitions, although cigarettes advertising is banned in many countries, such an ad would only cause resentment and harsh criticism. Yet, if new generations watch these old advertising, will realize that less than 30 years ago, smoking was a status symbol, and often the States’ monopolies advertised cigarettes, earning millions by their selling, like it happened in Italy.
Who does not remember Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca?
As in many other vintage Hollywood movies, the cigarette became an indispensable “accessory”, a symbol sometimes even sexual that filled and reinforced the interpretation or the scene.

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Although I am not an anti-feminist but for equal rights, an advertisement in which a woman appears as mother or housewife, should not shock so much. But, in fact, any advertising where woman is considered as object or that relegate her to the purely mother and housewife’s role, becomes anachronistic and provocative. Yet, sexist advertising campaigns have been several in the past. As you will see, some of them even instigate violence.

Do not be surprised if these old commercials are clearly racist, although for we Italians they were pretty inconceivable.

Ads with a clear sexual innuendo.

In other cases, children and adolescents have been used to advertise products for adults, and several advertising and marketing campaigns could be blamed for children’s sexualisation.

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GAY HELP

Published March 15, 2013 by Tony

Nate's dad letter

This letter written from a dad to his gay son Nate is going viral on the Internet because of its simple, hopeful message of love.
It was posted on the Facebook page of FCKH8.com, an organization aimed at empowering youth through its snarky, gay-positive T-shirts, videos and activist campaigns.
I don’t know if this letter is real, but gives me the opportunity to launch a campaign to help and give words of comfort to all the boys, gay or not, who need it. I know how even a few words of understanding or a short chat of encouragement can be useful in times of distress. I am available to do so and I will respond to anyone who needs to hear a friendly voice. Those interested can write me to:  antveral@hotmail.it

2012 Presidential Elections

Published January 23, 2012 by Tony

2012 US Presidential Elections

Being Italian I don’t know so much about the new president candidates but found very intriguing this web page:  “http://2012.presidential-candidates.org/” where having a browse felt the urge to say that I just like no one of the current Republican candidates…  sorry but according to my liberal and anti-conventional mind nobody is so open-minded and neo-liberal to get my approval as like as Obama did two years ago. Obama for me has been the first president to have brought a wave of innovation with the bravery to do some important change so far away from the outdated and stagnant mind of most candidates.
Often it is much easier to have consensus promoting the usual hackneyed projects than advocating innovations that look into the future and to the actual democracy, in a world that by now has no borders and needs radical modifications even towards old law that are anachronistic and out-ran.

Think over it!

SURVIVAL

Published January 19, 2011 by Tony

LET’S HELP SAN!

While the Botswana government is denying the Kalahari Bushmen access to their own water, Wilderness Safaris has opened a luxury tourist lodge on their land, complete with bar and swimming pool.

What a shame!

Please help them!


VISIT: http://www.survivalinternational.org/wilderness?page=1 or

http://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/botswana/botswana-san-lose-court-case-water-access