Wilson Bryan Key Ph.D. (January 31, – October 8, ) was the author of several books Subliminal Seduction: Are You Being Sexually Aroused By This Picture? a.k.a. Ad Media’s Manipulation of a Not So Innocent America (). 27 Jan And a number of years later, an overwrought Wilson Bryan Key wrote Subliminal Seduction, in which he claimed that advertisers embedded. BOOK REVIEWS SUBLIMINAL SEDUCTION by Wilson Bryan Key. New. Signet, pp. Paper, $ MEDIA SEXPLOITATION by Wilson Bryan Key.

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Do I believe a word of it? Now I get it”, I thought to myself. Moreover, any ad agency that airbrushed naked women into pictures of their clients’ products would find themselves fired very quickly. And can the brief flashing of a brand name induce a craving for the product? As discussed in a recent post by Art Markmanin a study by Ran Hassin and colleagues, Israeli citizens moderated their polarized political opinions after the subliminal presentation of the Israeli flag, which presumably evoked feelings of national unity.

Subliminal Seduction by Wilson Bryan Key. But now that I’ve been reading Freud again, I understand that there’s a precedent for speculative musings being presented as proven theory.

He retained his personal copyright on the Intro, incidentally, so he could have pulled it at any time maybe the moment where Key was supporting the Fundamentalist assault against reason by testifying in the famous Judas Priest suicide case would have been a good point? One of the panelists pointed out that first of all, there is no subliminal aspect to the boldly pictured swimming pool; and second of all, please show us an ad in which you do not find hidden sexual messaging.

We are endowed with the ability to discern and analyze these things as humans, but seldom do we. Feb 16, Charles rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s really one of those reads that hits home the idea that ignorance is not stupidity, but rather ‘one’s capacity to ignore,’ and I’m not just talking about the symbols, but rather the disinterest in figuring out what these massive corporations and their admen do to fill their coffers.

Pressed for an explanation, Vicary confessed that he had falsified the results from his original study.

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He did, but this time no increases in sales were shown at all. The science fiction genre is busting at subliminaal seams with horror scenarios in which individuals become absorbed in some collective mind that wipes out their capacity for free will: Since that famous experiment, subliminal messages flashed on TV and movie screens have been a firm fixture in popular culture.

Read this back in ’92 or thereabouts.

But a the techniques do not actually work, and b the evidence that Wilson Key finds are as imaginary as the lyrics found by playing rock LPs backwards using the ol’ belt twist during the great satanic cult scare of the early 80s.

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Acting on fleeting messages we don’t know we’ve seen is really no different from any one of the countless things we do automatically and without deciding to do: Nothing like this was ever done. There is some interesting reading in the book but be cautious about believing what you’re reading.

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To ask other readers questions about Subliminal Seductionplease sign up. Over the course of six weeks, he chose certain showings of the sublininal Picnic and throughout those showings, he flashed certain marketing messages onto the screen for.

May 26, Adam Cummings rated it it was amazing. Another book that it’s hard to judge how to rate.

And also, of ssubliminal we all know sex sells. May 01, Mel rated it it was ok Shelves: I also had the opportunity to watch Professor Key’s lectures on YouTube. Sex’s woven into curtains even, I’ll admit I was skeptical when I started the book, and now, I remain skeptical, at least to some degree. The Skeptoid weekly science podcast is a free public service from Skeptoid Media, a c 3 educational nonprofit.

New American Library, Historically, fears about mind control in the hands of marketers peaked several decades ago. The mystery is why a serious media researcher like Marshall McLuhan would allow his name to be associated with this crap.

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The headlines had run their course, and to this day it’s a generally accepted fact that flashing brief messages onscreen produces a desired behavior, despite the fact it never happened.

For those who think that corporations have any altruistic motives at all, “Subliminal Seduction” is a must-read. Skeptoid Media, 28 Aug There is an interesting section in this book, in which he offers up an anti-feminist analysis of the messages contained in Playboy, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, but any validity that argument may have had in the 70s would be negated by the changes in publishing since that time.

The topic always was good for at least one day of classroom discussion. We are constantly being manipulated by ad copy writers; Political ads especially. One of the xubliminal basic facts about human language seductkon is that we’re firmly bound by the linearity of language in time, meaning that we process it forwards with supreme efficiency, but find it mind-bendingly hard to do so backwards.

Weinberger and Westen’s study is now only one among many that have found that people’s attitudes and behavior can be swayed by cues that they have no awareness of, or that they don’t believe to be relevant to their behavior. Do I believe his premise?

The idea of subliminal advertising for the most part joined the garbage heap upon which are piled fears about satanic messages being played backwards in Led Zeppelin songs, and sightings of the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches both of which got a pretty debunking in a TED talk by Michael Shermer. At any rate, I recommend it, but you do need a cursory understanding of psychology, aesthetics, sexuality, all things which everyone understands subconsciously.

Mar 30, Alex S rated it really liked it. Key has no concept of what the advertising world is really about. But of course, by then, it was too late. People in advertising continue to laugh about Key. But if you know something about how linguistic messages are actually processed by human minds, it becomes harder to spread your skepticism around evenly between the two.

Next time you eat a Ritz cracker, examine it carefully.