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Happy-Face Totalitarian Commercials
The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | February 10, 2010 | Edward Hudgins

Posted on 02/10/2010 11:46:58 AM PST by Ed Hudgins

Three recent TV ads get our attention with totalitarianism. They do so to different degrees and in different ways. And they certainly are barometers of the shift in the popular culture in this once-free country.

Green Police

The first was the “Green Police” advertisement for Audi that was broadcast during this year’s Super Bowl. It starts with a clerk asking a customer that standard question, “Paper or plastic?” When the customer answers the latter, Green Police swoop in and cuff him with the words, “You picked the wrong day to mess with the eco-system.” A man is asked by the eco-cops whether he installed the lights on his house; next we see them hauling him away as a news reporter announces that “a man has just been arrested for possession of an incandescent lightbulb.” Another jackbooter empties illegal plastic water bottles and a bather is dragged out of his hot tub for having the temperature too high.

As Green Police on Segways man a roadblock, they allow the guy in the Audi to drive on through because he has a “clean diesel” car.

The ad does get our attention, as is its goal. But does it suggest that an Al Gore Gestapo is a good thing? And what the hell were the Audi folks thinking?

Perhaps the ad’s authors were hoping with this subject matter to catch the PR lightning of the now-legendary Apple computer commercial that aired during the 1984 Super Bowl. In that ad we see an auditorium with Big Brother on a giant screen haranguing a cowering crowd of identically uniformed prisoners. A beautiful female runner jogs into the hall and hurls a huge hammer at the screen, destroying it and freeing the inmates from the tyranny of IBM as imagined by Steve Jobs.

(Excerpt) Read more at atlassociety.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: ads; chavez; environmentalists; greenpolice; joekennedy; propaganda

1 posted on 02/10/2010 11:46:58 AM PST by Ed Hudgins
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To: Ed Hudgins
"Paper or plastic?” When the customer answers the latter, Green Police swoop in and cuff him with the words, “You picked the wrong day to mess with the eco-system.”

I remember when the Greenie Weenies used to look DOWN on me for choosing paper over plastic.

2 posted on 02/10/2010 11:48:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: a fool in paradise

In the early ‘80s, a previous generation of enviro-liberal-radicals pressure brought us plastic bags in grocery stores. It was to save the trees and all that. Now, the enviro-liberals have decided that plastic bags are not enviro friendly. But it was due to the pressures of enviro-radicals that we have plastic bags in the first place!!!!!!!


3 posted on 02/10/2010 11:51:23 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Because they wanted to do something with the shoddy plastic recovered from recycling milk jugs.


4 posted on 02/10/2010 11:53:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: Ed Hudgins

They use to attack paper bags. lol, I remember that.


5 posted on 02/10/2010 11:54:32 AM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Ed Hudgins

My favorite part about the OP is that ‘Chavez’ is a tagline!

LOL

I most definitely agree that this is a dangerous movement, like Van Jones said “the green economy will start off as a small subset and uh, we’re going to push it and push it and push it um, until it becomes the engine the engine for transforming the whole society.”


6 posted on 02/10/2010 11:55:08 AM PST by ATX 1985
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To: a fool in paradise
“Paper or plastic?” When the customer answers the latter, Green Police swoop in and cuff him with the words, “You picked the wrong day to mess with the eco-system.”

It was a trick question. If he had answered "paper" he would have been arrested too. "Paper or plastic?" is the eco equivalent of "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

7 posted on 02/10/2010 11:55:54 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Special SOTU tagline: YOU LIE!)
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To: a fool in paradise

That’s because it’s not whether you choose paper or plastic and more about just controlling your life.

They’d rather you just didn’t buy food and starved to death.


8 posted on 02/10/2010 11:56:24 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I despise plastic bags. Not only do they look trashy but they cannot hold the contents which means time spent putting everything back in the bags when you get home.


9 posted on 02/10/2010 11:57:35 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Ed Hudgins

“Paper or plastic?”
Don’t use those re-usable cloth bags.
Consider: Today you buy meat (which we all know has fluids on the outside of the package). Next week you buy fruit and vegetables and put them in the same bag. Do your kids wash their apples? Mine don’t. The fruit and veggies now have week old meat fluids on them.


10 posted on 02/10/2010 12:02:07 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Despair disguised as Hope.)
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To: Ed Hudgins

I’m going down to my local “hippie market.”

When they ask “paper or plastic?,” I’ll say “One of each, please.”


11 posted on 02/10/2010 12:04:53 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Science:exploring the mystery of universe. Scientism:wearing labcoats and getting grants.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Not to mention that the checkers tend to put like items
in the bags so you will end up with a loaf of bread in a
bag, a bottle dish liquid in a bag, three apples in a bag,
etc.

Paper for me and double bag it if you please.


12 posted on 02/10/2010 12:08:52 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MrB

You are supposed to bring canvas (or macrame) sacks from home.


13 posted on 02/10/2010 12:09:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: a fool in paradise

He should have broke the eco-cop’s nose, then his neck.


14 posted on 02/10/2010 12:17:38 PM PST by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: Ed Hudgins

btt


15 posted on 02/10/2010 12:17:56 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Ed Hudgins

Perhaps those who are obsessed with plastic bags and with carbon dioxide should put the plastic bags over their heads so that none of their CO2 can escape from their mouths to harm Gaia and no oxygen can get into their months and lungs to create that evil CO2 to begin with!


16 posted on 02/10/2010 12:19:41 PM PST by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Ed Hudgins

There is also a Smart Balance commercial showing people in the nanny state of Denmark smiling cultishly because their government locks up folks who use trans fat, and they are all healthy now.


17 posted on 02/10/2010 12:24:38 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Apparently, the Smart Balance ad is referenced in the article.

(Normally I get annoyed with unnecessary excerpting but your excerpt was informative on its own, and the Atlas Society website to its credit has no annoying flash or popup ads).


18 posted on 02/10/2010 12:27:59 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

“Paper, wrapped in plastic, please.”


19 posted on 02/10/2010 12:29:16 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Yes, click on the article and read it. It’s my second point.


20 posted on 02/10/2010 12:33:12 PM PST by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Ed Hudgins
I love how they liberals are all chiming in with, "but the ad was a parody." or comparisons to the Apple ad. B.S. The message sent at the end wasn't one of mocking the facism of these green police policies that are creeping into our laws, but that if you drive a Audi TD, you've accepted the green police facism and passed their test.

Audi and the advertising people knew full well the message they were trying to promote. They knew exactly what they were doing. Bring attention to the brand at any cost. The "Madonna" mantra of any publicity, even bad publicity, is good for your career.

21 posted on 02/10/2010 1:01:25 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Clock King

Now that would of made a great superbowl ad.


22 posted on 02/10/2010 1:03:01 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Ed Hudgins

I hope that some, any conservative with some dollars takes that Green Police ad and runs with it. It is ripe for devastating parody.

Give the Green Police truncheons, and show them attacking voters who “vote the wrong way”.

Show Green Police injecting elderly people with a poisonous cocktail, because “You are no longer useful members of society”.

Show Green Police taking handcuffed women to an abortion center for forced abortions.

Green Police in classrooms teaching classes, with students wearing children’s Green Police school uniforms.

Show Green Police internment and reeducation camps.


23 posted on 02/10/2010 1:58:35 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Ed Hudgins
I can't imagine the work it took to pull this off turn up your sound: Born Again American

http://www.bornagainamerican.org/index.html

24 posted on 02/10/2010 4:27:06 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: Ed Hudgins

LOL

I run the ad on video with the sound playing “We’re not going to take it” by Twisted Sister... Go Dee!


25 posted on 02/10/2010 6:36:05 PM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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