The Secret On Larry King: Did You Notice The Contrast Between The Content and The Commercials?

Last night I got to watch a recording of Larry King’s show with the folks from The Secret. Great stuff. What a thrill to see this material being broadcast on mainstream TV!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched TV. But I’m just wondering if anyone else noticed the incredible contrast between the content of the show and the content of the commercials?

There must have been ten ads promoting drugs to help you sleep or lower cholesterol or lose weight or do this or do that. What I really found interesting was how they slipped in the side effects: “Side effects may include a bad taste in your mouth, constipation, drowsiness, etc. etc.” The promos for other CNN shows, especially Lou Dobbs’ show, were clearly focused on what is not working. There were several ads for violent movies.

The only ads that seemed to be in alignment with the positive content of the show seemed to be the car ads. These commercials were clearly intended to connect viewers with a positive emotional/feeling place. And some of them really worked. I could feel myself entering a positive feeling place when I was watching these ads. That’s a good thing.

I’d much rather see commercials that make us feel good than ones that attempt to motivate us to take action from a place of fear.

What are your thoughts? Did you see the show? Did you notice the contrast? I’d love to hear your comments on this.

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      One Response to “The Secret On Larry King: Did You Notice The Contrast Between The Content and The Commercials?”

      1. Ned on March 28th, 2008 2:09 pm

        I didn’t watch the show, but many times–it seems almost every time–that I do watch tv, I notice this and wish it could be changed.

        I don’t even have a tv anymore but they are being put in more public places, showing the “news”, and much of what is on…not only tv but also billboards, radio ads, and the general public mind is not healthy.

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