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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mac_vs_pc_20161202080103664.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:And I'm a caption.]]˛Hello, I'm a Mac.˛˛''And I'm a PC.''˛˛The ''Get a Mac'' campaign, popularly known as the "I'm a Mac[=/=]I'm a PC" ads, was a television advertising campaign created for Apple Inc that ran from 2006 to 2009.˛˛''It was easily recognizeable because of the standard template of two men on an all-white background, representing the two home computing options.''˛˛The Mac, portrayed by actor Creator/JustinLong in the original North American campaign, was presented as a more versatile and secure option for home computing.˛˛''...while the PC, portrayed by author and humorist Creator/JohnHodgman in the North American campaign (and co-wrote most of the commercials), was presented as very outdated, boring, and overly concerned with work.''˛˛Early commercials in the campaign offered a general comparison between the two, while the later ones focused on the security and user-friendliness problems of Windows Vista and Windows 7.˛˛''In addition to the North American television campaign, several advertisements have been shown exclusively as Flash web ads on various websites. Because they reference specific online advertising features, these have not been posted alongside their television counterparts on Apple's website.''˛˛Similar campaigns have been adapted for the British market, recasting PC and Mac with [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb]] respectively, and the Japanese market, featuring The Rahmens.˛˛''Hodgman and Long also appeared in videos during Creator/SteveJobs's keynote addresses at the 2006, 2007, and 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference and the 2008 Macworld Expo. Hodgman also returned in a CallBack to the campaign at the very end of the Mac-focused November 2020 event.''˛----˛!! This ad campaign contains examples of the following tropes:˛* BreakingTheFourthWall: In one of the ads, PC says: "Let's go to a commercial." Mac tells him that they are already in a commercial. PC then says: "Let's go to another commercial."˛* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: The PC does this in "Trust" while trying to avoid spyware, complete with Groucho Marx glasses.˛* GoodAngelBadAngel: One early ad does this with the PC, when he's looking at a photo book the Mac made in iPhoto.˛* {{Hipster}}: The Mac is considered by many to be a hipster stereotype.˛* InformedObscenity: In "V-Word", PC decides to no longer use the word "Vista" because it's harming his product's image too much. Every time Mac tries to say the word, PC uses a buzzer on him to censor it. He eventually beats him at his own game by just saying the word repeatedly until PC misses it. ˛* LatexPerfection: Seen in the "Surprise" ad, when the PC impersonates the Mac, complete with [[CastAsAMask actor switch]] and [[SpecialEffectFailure the mask suddenly looking different and cheaper once removed]].˛* {{Mascot}}: The campaign features anthropomorphized personifications of the Mac and PC debating their respective strengths and weaknesses.˛* MediumBlending: The Christmas-themed ads were made with claymation. Is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by PC who enjoys the Christmas season because they get to do things [[MediumAwareness that they can't do as live-action characters]].˛* MetaphoricallyTrue: Some of the claims made about Mac makes fall under this; they aren't lies, but they ''really'' stretch the truth.˛** Many ads portray Macs as being immune to the viruses that plague Windows, and that they don't get the "vague error messages" that Windows does when a program crashes. While Apple computers ''are'' more secure due to built-in anti-virus software, they are not immune; and they ''do'' experience system errors and program crashes, but their error messages are phrased differently from windows.˛** The ads present the Apple Geniuses as friendly and polite helpers who can aid people in buying and setting up their new Mac and transferring their files from their old computer to their new one, while Windows has no comparable support system. While this is true, when buying a computer from a store, the store's own staff will certainly help you in the same manner as an Apple Genius, and many stores will offer aid in setting it up and transferring files.˛* OperatorsAreStandingBy: This exact phrase is uttered by PC in one of the ads, mocking Microsoft's focus on advertising.˛* RightWayWrongWayPair: Mac is presented as the "Right Way" of the two, extolling its versatility and reliable security versus the PC's "stuffed shirt" personality and vulnerability to viruses and bloatware.˛* RunningGag: In "Broken Promises", PC says that Windows 7 won't have any of the problems that Windows Vista had. We then get flashbacks to him introducing progressively older versions of Windows, each time promising: "It's not going to have any of the problems (previous version) had!"˛* StrawLoser: The commercials focus on the weaknesses of Windows products, presenting the PC as an aging, suit-clad goober.˛* WheelOfDecisions: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqSm7lWn-84 In one ad]], PC isn't able to decide on a version of [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows Vista]] to buy, and builds a wheel with each of the six different editions. He lands on the Lose A Turn space, and Mac questions [[InventionalWisdom why he would have added that section in the first place]].˛* WhiteVoidRoom: The standard setting of all the commercials.˛----˛->[[TheStinger And I'm a stinger.]]

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