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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If You Don’t Read This Blog, We'll Kill This Dog

If You Don’t Read This Blog, We’ll Kill This Dog

An early 70’s National Lampoon magazine displayed the title "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog."  While some thought of it as merely an amusing ploy which would inevitably gain attention of passersby, others realized the truth behind it.  No, I do not mean that if you do not buy that exact magazine, they will in fact shoot Spot, the adorable dog on the cover.  The real truth is that National Lampoon’s clever title served to mercilessly mock the media’s attempts of scaring people into reading/watching their news.  Allow me to explain.
Media loves to scare people, to threaten people into watching their news program or buy their magazine.  This is why most headline stories on the news tend to lean towards the message that if you don’t watch, you will be in mortal peril.  We hear these threatening statements all the time, statements such as: “and after a commercial break, we will explain all about those silent killers that are lingering in your house right now.”  Or maybe something along the lines of “and in five we’ll explain more on the poison that is in the food that you just gave your children and are also now eating right now.”
I think I’ll wrap up this blog post simply with three words: “Kudos National Lampoon.” 

1 comment:

  1. Very true. The media thrives on this kind of attention, and specifically drawing in viewers with such dangerous sounding news. I agree, and second a Kudos.