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Renate

I love that commercial! Thanks! The adbusters one didn't seem to really make the point this year and I didn't want to forward something with foul language to friends at church, so this one is much better!

Renate

I love that commercial! Thanks! The adbusters one didn't seem to really make the point this year and I didn't want to forward something with foul language to friends at church, so this one is much better!

Meghan

Thanks - I was watching this with my kids to show them about buy nothing day and got the *bonus* foul mouth at the end of the clip. Why does everyone seem to think that swearing must be included in everything if it is to be effective? It isn't effective, it's offensive - especially to those of us trying to teach our kids to make a difference without cussing out the neighbors. Great job.

Meghan

Thanks - I was watching this with my kids to show them about buy nothing day and got the *bonus* foul mouth at the end of the clip. Why does everyone seem to think that swearing must be included in everything if it is to be effective? It isn't effective, it's offensive - especially to those of us trying to teach our kids to make a difference without cussing out the neighbors. Great job.

mobilediesel

"Swearing" is a myth used by people to try and control their children's minds. A word cannot be "bad" or "good" by itself. A single word on its own cannot offend you unless you want it to. Why would you try to find offense where there is none?

mobilediesel

"Swearing" is a myth used by people to try and control their children's minds. A word cannot be "bad" or "good" by itself. A single word on its own cannot offend you unless you want it to. Why would you try to find offense where there is none?

Joann

I, too, know how a child thinks. Have you seen kids open presents, say "What does it do?" and toss it on the pile to grab for the next one? Human nature, perhaps, but we can be taught, and I'd like my daughter to learn another way. A few cherished gifts rather than heaps of stuff. Last year a new friend walked into my daughter's room for the first time and said "you don't have much stuff." But recently she asked her dad, "Can we go visit? They always do such fun stuff there." Yes. It takes time, and I have a demanding full time travel job. But guess what? If you turn off the TV, you get two hours of your life back nearly every day. We cook, we color, we make dolls out of toilet paper rolls...

Joann

I, too, know how a child thinks. Have you seen kids open presents, say "What does it do?" and toss it on the pile to grab for the next one? Human nature, perhaps, but we can be taught, and I'd like my daughter to learn another way. A few cherished gifts rather than heaps of stuff. Last year a new friend walked into my daughter's room for the first time and said "you don't have much stuff." But recently she asked her dad, "Can we go visit? They always do such fun stuff there." Yes. It takes time, and I have a demanding full time travel job. But guess what? If you turn off the TV, you get two hours of your life back nearly every day. We cook, we color, we make dolls out of toilet paper rolls...

Daniel Hall

I had no idea what the video was about. I can guess? The child is supposed to represent societies impulsiveness to shop, and the older lady is supposed to be the voice of reason that says "bullshit" in retaliation against the flurry of advertisement. It was too hard to understand for the average person. I hate to think of myself as average but hell, somebody has to be. Anyway, humor doesn't go well with this message. I liked the old doomsday alarmist messages better. You have to fight fire with fire with the PR industry. We need something iconic like, "the is your brain, this is your brain on drugs." Yea, you know what I'm talkin' about ;)

Daniel Hall

I had no idea what the video was about. I can guess? The child is supposed to represent societies impulsiveness to shop, and the older lady is supposed to be the voice of reason that says "bullshit" in retaliation against the flurry of advertisement. It was too hard to understand for the average person. I hate to think of myself as average but hell, somebody has to be. Anyway, humor doesn't go well with this message. I liked the old doomsday alarmist messages better. You have to fight fire with fire with the PR industry. We need something iconic like, "the is your brain, this is your brain on drugs." Yea, you know what I'm talkin' about ;)

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