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3rd Dec '16 9:36:40 AM Tightwire
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Or at least, you wouldn't ''think'' they had until you saw this advert...
3rd Dec '16 9:34:41 AM Tightwire
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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back, which can cause bedsores. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and indeed, some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back, which can cause bedsores. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince able-bodied people that ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.
2nd Nov '16 12:51:06 PM Sharlee
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Gaze upon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTSag this video]] for a minute and a half of this sort of failure cut back-to-back. Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is.

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Gaze upon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xQLGWTSag this video]] for a minute and a half of this sort of failure cut back-to-back. Sometimes goes hand-in-hand with ThePowerOfCheese, which is people acting incredibly stupid due to desire for the product being advertised instead of as a "demonstration" of a competitor. Related to BrandX, CableSatelliteMudslinging, and SideBySideDemonstration. May be used to cover up a NeverNeedsSharpening flaw. Basically DisastrousDemonstration invoked for marketing purposes. Compare DeceptivelySimpleDemonstration, where the product is being used in a way that looks harder than it really is.
25th Aug '16 11:59:06 PM surgoshan
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-->'''Joey:''' See, I'm an ''actor'', I can actually open milk cartons just fine.\\
'''Actress:''' And then you choked on that cookie!\\
'''Joey:''' Yeah, that was real.
6th Aug '16 10:25:14 AM froggy25
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** Repeated in strip [[http://xkcd.com/1715/ Household Tips]].
7th Jun '16 7:39:41 AM Theriocephalus
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You see, for Task [X] (say, cutting paper), performed previously by using The Old Way (a paper-cutter, or for added angst, scissors), there is someone trying to sell you a new [=PaperSlicerMax=] 3000, capable of doing the same thing. The new product has to be better than the Old Way if you want to convince an audience to throw out their old tools and buy new ones. All too often, the appearance of improvement is provided by showing the audience someone using the previous tool in a way so incompetent that it defies belief. What better way to advertise a new paper cutter than to show someone trying to use scissors and reducing their paper to modern art? Or, say, some idiot who cannot fold a map, to make GPS navigators look so much more efficient?

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You see, for Task [X] (say, cutting paper), performed previously by using The Old Way (a paper-cutter, or or, for added angst, scissors), there is someone trying to sell you a new [=PaperSlicerMax=] 3000, capable of doing the same thing. The new product has to be better than the Old Way if you want to convince an audience to throw out their old tools and buy new ones. All too often, the appearance of improvement is provided by showing the audience someone using the previous tool in a way so incompetent that it defies belief. What better way to advertise a new paper cutter than to show someone trying to use scissors and reducing their paper to modern art? Or, say, some idiot who cannot fold a map, to make GPS navigators look so much more efficient?
31st May '16 8:43:07 AM DesertDragon
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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and mentally disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back (which can cause bedsores). The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince ''them'' that they can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.

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Let's face it, this could be TruthInTelevision for some products and some users. In fact, many of these products were invented specifically for the elderly and mentally physically disabled, people who legitimately ''could'' have problems with some of these tasks. The Snuggie, for instance, was originally meant for wheelchair users who often have problems regulating their body temperature - the design allows for the upper body and legs to both be fully covered without a corner getting caught in a wheel and without fabric bunching up in the back (which back, which can cause bedsores). bedsores. The "being too incompetent to use it" factor usually arises when the item is marketed to a general audience and it becomes necessary to convince ''them'' able-bodied people that they ''they'' can't live without these products. Thus the actors playing the part of the incompetent are smiling young people who clearly have no physical or mental disorders whatsoever.
5th Mar '16 6:19:06 PM delightfulCheshire
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** It also features NASA, who are shown literally being [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb To Live]].

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** It also features NASA, who are shown literally being [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb To Live]]. They created the product.



** The pocket chair listed in ''Advertising'' above. Mike noted that it was slightly too large for his pockets, and too small for him to feel all that safe sitting on. He also noted that the commercial has the people not taking advantage of the ''perfectly good bench right behind them'' in the park scenes.

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** ** The pocket chair listed in ''Advertising'' above. Mike noted that it was slightly too large for his pockets, and too small for him to feel all that safe sitting on. He also noted that the commercial has the people not taking advantage of the ''perfectly good bench right behind them'' in the park scenes.
5th Mar '16 6:17:23 PM delightfulCheshire
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** It also features NASA, who are shown literally being [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb To Live]].
28th Jan '16 9:44:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The acting career of the main character in ''{{Hamlet 2}}'' is mostly limited to performing these roles in commercials.

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* The acting career of the main character in ''{{Hamlet ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}'' is mostly limited to performing these roles in commercials.
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