The Commercial (Discussion)

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The Polysemy of Commodities

  1. Luxury, leisure and conspicuous consumption
  2. Individualism
  3. The natural
  4. Folk culture and tradition
  5. Novelty and progress
  6. Sexuality and romance
  7. Alleviation of pain, fear/anxiety and guilt
  8. Utopia and escape from dystopia

The Persuasive Style of Commercials

  1. Metaphor
  2. Utopian style
  3. Product differentiation and superiority
  4. Repetition and redundancy
  5. Extraordinary and excessive style: “televisuality” and counter television
  6. Graphics and animation
  7. Violating reality (special effects)
  8. Reflexivity and intertextuality

Commercial analysis

Groups will analyze a commercial from a 2013 episode of The Simpsons. You should first identify the meanings or polysemy attached to the advertised commodity and then you should identify the persuasive style used to present that polysemy.

Commercials from The Simpsons (2/10/2013)
Old Spice Hawkridge.
Group 5 Old Spice Hawkridge  
Old Spice Hawkridge.
Group 5 Old Spice Hawkridge  
Chili's
Group 6 Chili's  
Chili's
Group 6 Chili's  
AT&T.
Group 1 AT&T  
AT&T.
Group 1 AT&T  
McDonald's Fish McBites
Group 2 McDonald's Fish McBites  
McDonald's Fish McBites
Group 2 McDonald's Fish McBites  
Best Buy / Galaxy Note II
Group 3 Best Buy / Galaxy Note II  
Best Buy / Galaxy Note II
Group 3 Best Buy / Galaxy Note II  
Subway
Group 4 Subway  
Subway
Group 4 Subway  
Little Caesar's
Extra Little Caesar's  
Little Caesar's
Extra Little Caesar's  
Ford SYNC
Extra/Group2? Ford SYNC  
Ford SYNC
Extra/Group2? Ford SYNC  

Alternative commercial analysis

From The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006).

Bibliography

  1. Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Critical Methods and Applications (New York: Routledge, 2012).

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