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06/02/2004 Archived Entry: "Drug ads evoke pro-drug thoughts. [Chortle!]"
SO BIG, SCARY ANTI-DRUG ADS turn out to evoke pro-drug thoughts in a large percentage of viewers. "Buying marijuana funds terrorism? Well, then -- grow your own!"
Not a surprise. A few years before America decided to have "a drug problem" my schoolkid interest in drugs was sparked and fed by the annual school assembly featuring the town police chief. His juicy descriptions of cheap thrills and debauchery made that forbidden fruit sound SO tasty.
Katherine Albrecht projects the effect of drug ads into the near future, when a different sort of propaganda campaign may be running:
I wonder if the "Turn in on your freedom-loving rebel scum neighbors" ads that will almost inevitably run in a few years will have the same effect. Can't you just see it?
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. CONSUME AND OBEY. THE STATE IS GOD. FREEDOM IS EVIL. SLAVERY IS GOOD. DEATH TO REBELS. BOW TO THE STATE.
Meanwhile... "Hmmm, these ads have really got me thinking. Why does the government has such a bug up its craw about freedom lately? Maybe I'd better look into some civil disobedience like reading a book or thinking or something...."
We can only hope.
Posted by Claire @ 08:56 AM CST