New campaign makes me think.
Makes me think, “Get in mah belly!” Guess I’m going to have to go purchase some prime rib or tenderloin for tonight! Thanks, PETA.
Lipton is a card carrying member of PETA:
(Carnivore and damn proud of it)
And let’s not forget that Chinese astronauts eat dog meat while in space to build energy!
Space Agency: How was the space walk?
Chinese astronaut: Ruff!
Beat ya to it JD, just finished a tasty Prime Rib dinner with loaded tater and coleslaw…Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm.
The medium is the message gents…
…”In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium – that is, of any extension of ourselves – result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.” (McLuhan 7) Thus begins the classic work of Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, in which he introduced the world to his enigmatic paradox, “The medium is the message.” But what does it mean? How can the medium be its own message?
Actually the packaging looks much better than the meat at the local, grocery store…
Well Gramps, the package farthest away may look like a medium, but the closest of the two looks more like a small – and pretty well packaged indeed.
In Understanding Media, McLuhan describes the “content” of a medium as ” a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind.” This is true here. People are distracted by the obvious gore of the message – oblivious to the superficiality of the underlying message. A typical person (perhaps not so jaded as I) would be taken aback by the cruel and abhorrent nature of the scene. But underneath that wrapping, as portrayed in the actual demonstration – the validity of the message is left, well, naked.
Esoterics (or more accurately pretense) aside, the politics are BS. If they want to go veggie – fine. God Bless ya. But they have no cause to be on my dinner table unless I invite them there. Not PETA, not the dumb-ass politicians trying to pawn off salt tax, pizza tax, soda tax and all that other crap.
And it goes without saying, they should be ashamed for every child (if any) that were scared to death by the “dead meat”.
If a conservative group of any ilk tried shock-packaging like this Fiberals would have convulsions. Duh – another Fiberal double-standard.
Just like my dinner table, the government doesn’t belong in my bedroom. Or in my browser.
ps: Gramps, I do believe you have this spot-on in one regard the medium is the message. The message is bloody and lifeless. Like the media in which its delivered.
I suppose the politically correct derogatory remark is that the PETA stunt looks like nothing than a good way to get sunburned. However, politically correct observations miss the obvious. This “PETA protest” is a fig leaf (substitute plastic wrapping and catsup) for exhibitionism.
We would like to laugh, to roll our eyes upward, and move on to something else. However, that would allow a few more naive fools to convince themselves that running around naked is okay. Some people want to believe anything is okay. They want to believe they can do anything so long as they have good intentions. That is, they want to believe the end excuses the means.
Therefore, we cannot excuse the exhibitionism. When we ignore such obvious exhibitionism, that helps a few more weak-minded souls to convince themselves it is okay to intentionally do something they know is wrong and/or inappropriate. They watch. They perceive our example, and they see that so long as they apparently have good intentions their actions will be accepted.
While I agree with you O.F. Liberal, I think you are over-thinking it. I don’t excuse their exhibitionism, I laugh at it. The last thing that would work is to get all up in arms about it–that’s what they want, to provoke good people. Just laugh at them, and go have a great big extra portion of meat. Maybe they will catch on that we don’t care what they think, or how much they protest, and they will just go away…
OF Liberal and JD:
These displays are mostly about the shock value – this is by design and of their own admission.
Gramps had it spot-on with the commentary about “media being the message”. The message is meant to be bloody, violent, disgusting – all in the spirit of frightening you into giving up meat. Thus the analogy well all learned from the King of the Lemurs in the movie Madagascar….
“…in the end, we are all steak!”
When you break down both the media and the message you find…. nothing, really. Simply another scare tactic directly from the Progressive play book. Nothing to see here (unless the cute one moves her hands), move along.
Just business as usual – in a “Night of the Living Dead” sorta way…
The thing I DID about the picture is everyone eating pop corn and cheese balls while staring that the “meat market”.
See? It made EVERYONE hungry!!!!!
(Proud Lifetime member of PETA)
The O.F. Liberal must have it right. John Doe accuses him of over-thinking it and LTB accuses of misunderstanding it. Perhaps neither of you understands his point.
Consider the definition of exhibitionism.
The act or practice of deliberately behaving so as to attract attention.
Psychiatry A psychosexual disorder marked by the compulsive exposure of the genitals in public.
Is it simply a device to garner attention or a mental disorder? I think it suffices to say that exhibitionist lack humility, and insists upon being the center of attention by whatever means necessary.
The problem is not sexual. The problem is a deficit of modesty.
PETA doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to argue their points on merit so they have to resort to these public displays of immodesty to try to draw attention to their message. Unfortunately for them, the people who they’re trying to reach, us meat eaters, love their red and white meats,( I like pink meat too. 😉 ), and aren’t going to give them up.
Well, I must admit I cannot argue with Tom’s contention – so I won’t.
I will however say that, IMHO, PETA displayed has exhibitionism at the naked print ads covered. To me, these new bloody displays attempt to pile fear on top of the exhibitionism.
To me, it’s a matter of “since you didn’t comply with our mild request, now we’ll ram out beliefs down your throat.”
And that sounds somehow familiar….
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