With talking geckos, creepy mask-wearing kings, butchered classic songs, and annoying spokespersons like Jared and that Verizon guy, marketing seems to have hit an all-time low. Ads are just getting stupider and stupider, and their ability to interest anyone other than the slackest jawed yokel in their products has diminished significantly.
I think that this decline in advertising is all a direct result of the FTC’s “truth in advertising” requirement. Back in the good old days, when I was just a glimmer in my dad’s sac, ads threw truth and decency to the wind. Anything they could do to titillate, shock, scare, or amuse, they would. That might just be what we need to make people care about ads again!
In that vein, here’s a little contest. Which of these are real ads and which are fake?
Leave your answer in the comments. The winner gets an original Avitable artwork! If there are multiple winners, I’ll just choose one at random.