History Horrible / Advertising

2nd May '16 11:03:53 AM InvisibleJester89
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** It gets worse. Some telephone companies, particularly Comcast/[=DirectTV=], have started disguising their advertisement mail imploring you to switch as 'important messages or offers from your current phone and internet provider'. They particularly like to do this in areas where rival companies [=AT&T=] and Verizon dominate. ''Consumer Reports'' has several examples of this, and other, underhanded Comcast ad tactics under their "Comcastic" tag. The worst part is, this might not even be legal in some places, and is dubiously grey in others.

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** It gets worse. Some telephone companies, particularly Comcast/[=DirectTV=], have started disguising their advertisement mail imploring you to switch as 'important ''important messages or offers from your current phone and internet provider'.provider''. They particularly like to do this in areas where rival companies [=AT&T=] and Verizon dominate. ''Consumer Reports'' has several examples of this, and other, underhanded Comcast ad tactics under their "Comcastic" tag. The worst part is, this might not even be legal in some places, and is dubiously grey in others.
2nd May '16 11:03:14 AM InvisibleJester89
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** It gets worse. Some telephone companies, particularly Comcast/[=DirectTV=], have started disguising their advertisement mail imploring you to switch as 'important messages or offers from your current phone and internet provider'. They particularly like to do this in areas where rival companies [=AT&T=] and Verizon dominate. ''Consumer Reports'' has several examples of this, and other, underhanded Comcast ad tactics under their "Comcastic" tag. The worst part is, this might not even be legal in some places, and is dubiously grey in others.
2nd May '16 10:07:27 AM InvisibleJester89
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** There's also some ads that will [[AnnoyingVidoeGameHelper force your computer to automatically download the executable that installs the virus]], [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and if you aren't anticipating it they could very easily complete downloading the executable before you even have a chance to close the window]].

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** There's also some ads that will [[AnnoyingVidoeGameHelper [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper force your computer to automatically download the executable that installs the virus]], [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and if you aren't anticipating it they could very easily complete downloading the executable before you even have a chance to close the window]].
29th Apr '16 6:12:51 AM RippenFan33
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** Series/{{Svengoolie}}, of all people, mocked this ad on a recent [[note]] Aired on April 23rd, 2016 [[/note]] episode of his show.
27th Apr '16 1:56:26 PM mr3urious
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* The '''Federal Government of Mexico''' requires the country's radio stations to air a number of PSAs during the ad breaks. For some reason, this also applies to the English-language stations along the border aimed at American listeners. Since they know it's a big waste of time, the producers don't bother with decent acting or writing. The end result is an hourly block of stiff, stilted messages that don't apply to the listeners at all and either reduce the amount of ad revenue the stations can earn, or make commercial breaks longer.



* The Mexican government requires the country's radio stations to air a number of PSAs during the ad breaks. For some reason, this also applies to the English-language stations along the border aimed at American listeners. Since they know it's a big waste of time, the producers don't bother with decent acting or writing. The end result is an hourly block of stiff, stilted messages that don't apply to the listeners at all and either reduce the amount of ad revenue the stations can earn, or make commercial breaks longer.



* In 1993, the '''Progressive Conservative Party of Canada'''[[note]]henceforth the Tories[[/note]] ran an ad perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the Tories were decimated, losing all but two seats and, with it, official party status and all the benefits that come with it. Campbell resigned soon after the election, and the Tories trundled on for ten years, utterly unelectable because of the "face ad" among other things, before merging with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D000Amn9CIA Here]] is the ad in question, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM here]] is a news report regarding the controversy.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk24kX9FESo This]] is just one from a series of utterly bizarre ads by '''Southern Comfort''' for one of their new drinks. They're all totally nonsensical, involving people shouting "[=SHOTTASoCo=]" incessantly, and are animated ''atrociously'', invoking UncannyValley every second and looking like something out of a half-assed Unity engine Steam game. It's hard to comprehend what anybody was thinking during the creation of these things.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk24kX9FESo This]] is just one from a series of utterly bizarre ads by '''Southern Comfort''' for one of their new drinks. They're all totally nonsensical, involving people shouting "[=SHOTTASoCo=]" "[=SHOTTASoCo=]"[[note]]"Shot of Southern Comfort"[[/note]] incessantly, and are animated ''atrociously'', invoking UncannyValley every second and looking like something out of a half-assed Unity engine Steam game. It's hard to comprehend what anybody was thinking during the creation of these things.



* In 1993, the '''Progressive Conservative Party of Canada'''[[note]]henceforth the Tories[[/note]] ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM an ad]] perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the Tories were decimated, losing all but two seats and, with it, official party status and all the benefits that come with it. Campbell resigned soon after the election, and the Tories trundled on for ten years, utterly unelectable because of the "face ad" among other things, before merging with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party.
22nd Apr '16 3:23:33 AM nm3youtube
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* In 1993, the '''Conservative Party of Canada''' ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM an ad]] perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the conservatives never fully recovered from their devastating loss.

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* In 1993, the '''Conservative '''Progressive Conservative Party of Canada''' Canada'''[[note]]henceforth the Tories[[/note]] ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM an ad]] perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the conservatives never fully recovered from their devastating loss. Tories were decimated, losing all but two seats and, with it, official party status and all the benefits that come with it. Campbell resigned soon after the election, and the Tories trundled on for ten years, utterly unelectable because of the "face ad" among other things, before merging with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern Conservative Party.
21st Apr '16 7:39:37 PM KoopaKid17
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* There's a type of ad that can only be described as pop-up ads taken UpToEleven - instead of merely opening a new window with the ad, they actually replace the page you're on with the ad. Pressing back won't help, as the page you ''wanted'' to see won't be in the back history, forcing you to go back to the page before that and find the link again. These ads also [[VeryFalseAdvertising lie to you]], usually pretending to be a software update (or worse, a federal embargo on your machine) which actually is malware. On some versions, pressing back will cause a confusingly-worded "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" dialog box to pop up, at which point physically disconnecting from the Internet, going to the local Staples, and getting the sucker nuked and paved is probably the safest thing to do. Said dialogue boxes also sometimes extend ''past the toolbar'', meaning you literally can't click the "I want to leave" button, or sometimes even close the browser. Thankfully, it can't stop the Task Manager, meaning you can at least crash the ad via finding processes to end.

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* There's a type of ad that can only be described as pop-up ads taken UpToEleven - instead of merely opening a new window with the ad, they actually replace the page you're on with ''with'' the ad. Pressing back won't help, as the page you ''wanted'' to see won't be in the back history, forcing you to go back to the page before that and find the link again. These ads also [[VeryFalseAdvertising lie to you]], usually pretending to be a software update (or worse, a federal embargo on your machine) which actually is malware.malware or ransomware. On some versions, pressing back will cause a confusingly-worded "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" dialog box to pop up, at which point physically disconnecting from the Internet, going to the local Staples, and getting the sucker nuked and paved is probably the safest thing to do. Said dialogue boxes also sometimes extend ''past the toolbar'', meaning you literally can't click the "I want to leave" button, or sometimes even close the browser. Thankfully, it can't stop the Task Manager, meaning you can at least crash the ad via finding processes to end.


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** These ads have also found their way to mobile devices, mostly in the form of "free" apps that mess up your phone. Just like on a computer, they hijack the page you're visiting and when you look in your history, the website's url is replaced with the ad's. The only way to knock it out is to visit the website again from scratch and pray that the ad doesn't reappear.
16th Apr '16 8:19:34 PM a83hg
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut2KqClJBrs This]] ad for a bathroom service named '''Walk-in-Tubs''' is of a very low quality. The music is just a looping generic theme from a stock music site, the audio quality (especially when S. Ward gives her opinions) is laughably horrible, and the stock effects and sound are very cheaply made. Not to mention that the number at the bottom changes every time the ad is shown. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCjNQCS0dVc A 30 second version]] was also made, with bad acting and all of the problems of the full version.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut2KqClJBrs This]] ad for a bathroom service named '''Walk-in-Tubs''' is of a very low quality. The music is just a looping generic theme from a stock music site, the audio quality (especially when S. Ward gives her opinions) opinions, it's very hard to tell what she's saying even at maximum volume) is laughably horrible, and the stock effects and sound are very cheaply made. Not to mention that extremely cheap and low budget. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And the number at the bottom changes every time the ad is shown. shown.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCjNQCS0dVc A 30 second version]] was also made, with bad acting and all of the problems of the full version.
14th Apr '16 5:18:31 PM Nohbody
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** There's also some ads that will [[StopHelpingMe force your computer to automatically download the executable that installs the virus]], [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and if you aren't anticipating it they could very easily complete downloading the executable before you even have a chance to close the window]].

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** There's also some ads that will [[StopHelpingMe [[AnnoyingVidoeGameHelper force your computer to automatically download the executable that installs the virus]], [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and if you aren't anticipating it they could very easily complete downloading the executable before you even have a chance to close the window]].
13th Apr '16 9:56:13 PM Kid
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* In 1993, the '''Conservative Party of Canada''' ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM an ad]] perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the add being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the conservatives never fully recovered from their devastating loss.

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* In 1993, the '''Conservative Party of Canada''' ran [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikszBkfTHM an ad]] perceived to be mocking Liberal leader Jean Chrétien's facial deformity, caused by Bell's palsy. The backlash was immediate and furious, with the add ad being pulled in 24 hours and then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell apologising for it. Chrétien used the ad to his benefit, referencing his facial deformity and the bullying he had suffered in childhood because of it in speeches that moved the voting audience and caused support to swing to the Liberal party. Chrétien won the election in a landslide, and the conservatives never fully recovered from their devastating loss.
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