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Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the for-entertainment-purposes-only dept.

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unassimilatible writes "A Samsung ad campaign for the latest Galaxy Tab is misleading, to say the least. Actors pretending to be real people in fake interviews in a fake magazine misquoting a bad first-gen Galaxy tab review, are exposed — by the actual review writer. Netizens 'are having fun pointing out other curious things about the interviews, such as the fact that "leading New York real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski" raves about the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab even though the only 8.9-inch Tabs that Samsung itself had on hand at CTIA were non-working models.' Kolinski is actually an actor, not a CEO, Jim."

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Double Post? (5, Informative)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634366)

You must be new here, or an editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634384)

We call that a dupe.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634412)

We call that a dupe.

quick! he's not using the terminology i use, tell him he must be new!

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635066)

STFU noob.
A double post is when someone makes 2 consecutive posts in the same thread.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635274)

We call that a dupe.
A double post is when someone makes 2 consecutive posts in the same thread.

quick! he's not using the terminology i use, tell him he must be new!

Thank your betters for educating you. Ignorance is regrettable; stupidity is dishonor.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634432)

We call that a dupe.

It's like parking your car right next to a car that looks just like the story that was posted yesterday morning (or something like that).

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634456)

I sure wish I could just hold someone right now. But no one is there. Such is life, eh?

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634646)

Does a cat count as someone?

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634756)

It is well known that, "a cat is fine too."

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634764)

No, in that case I would just want to shoot the cat.

But no cat is there. Such is life, eh?

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (2)

avgjoe62 (558860) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634784)

Cats are the ONLY ones that count as someone. In their world view, you exist merely to operate a can opener.

As soon as a reliable can-opening robot is developed, we will be unnecessary.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634960)

Not quite. Until the cat-operated remotely-operated opposable thumb device is complete, humans will also be needed to open doors, change TV channels and write lolcat captions. Cats have progressed on the last of those, with the new plug-in for speech recognition devices, but it is limited to the Breaking News section at present.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (0)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635174)

As soon as a reliable can-opening robot is developed, we will be unnecessary.

Perhaps the cats would still like our companionship, at their convenience?

I think we need robots more than the cats do. Some robots that have no trouble wandering around radioactivity could be really handy about now. And when we need to tell one what to do I guess there will be an app for that...

This, too, is a dupe (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634670)

The television lies. The internet lies, too. All communication media lie.

They don't just lie, they lie obsessively. They are permeated with deceit. Deception is a founding element rooted deep at the core.

Get used to it, as this is nothing new, nor will it ever change.

Re:This, too, is a dupe (1)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634722)

The television lies

I was suddenly reminded of Galaxy Quest. [wikipedia.org] Coincidence?

Re:This, too, is a dupe (1)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635090)

Galaxy Quest? Is that another Samsung device?

Re:This, too, is a dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635100)

No just Samsung lies, buy apple they are always honest and straight forward.

Re:This, too, is a dupe (0)

MichaelKristopeit411 (2018832) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635128)

The television lies. The internet lies, too. All communication media lie.

They don't just lie, they lie obsessively. They are permeated with deceit. Deception is a founding element rooted deep at the core.

Get used to it, as this is nothing new, nor will it ever change.

you are an ignorant hypocrite.

why do you cower? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Re:You must be new here, or an editor (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634982)

Repetition drives retention.

Re:Double Post? (5, Funny)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634658)

Sorry, it's all my fault. I think the editor read this comment [slashdot.org] I made and took it seriously. My bad.

Re:Double Post? (2)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634712)

Modded your comment up. Thanks for the reference.

(And they say there's no way to both post and moderate in the same story! Hogwash.)

Re:Double Post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635150)

Modded your comment up. Thanks for the reference.

(And they say there's no way to both post and moderate in the same story! Hogwash.)

you just undid your moderation you dimwitted dipshit fuck

Re:Double Post? (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635218)

Alternate accounts.

Re:Double Post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634714)

Actually this post is a fake not a double post. It was written by a professional writer and not a Slashdot member. If the fake post is well received Slashdot hopes to run more fake posts.

Re:Double Post? (1)

MichaelKristopeit410 (2018830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635110)

double post = dupe

slashdot = stagnated

Let the Android fanboys (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634378)

Defend this iPad ripoff campaign!

Apple sucks, so we have to copy everything they do.

Re:Let the Android fanboys (3, Funny)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634444)

Apple sucks, so we have to copy everything they do.

So what you're saying is that if Samsung is going to copy Apple's astroturfing campaigns, they need to do a better job of it?

Horatio says... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634380)

The odds of the Galaxy interviews being genuine... *sunglasses* ...are astronomical.

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Re:Horatio says... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634966)

Are those the Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses?

Really /.? (1)

vgerclover (1186893) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634388)

Really /.? I know that dupes happen, but this [slashdot.org] is ridiculous!

Re:Really /.? (2)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634446)

Really /.? I know that dupes happen, but this [slashdot.org] is ridiculous!

Don't blame me, I marked it as a 'Dupe' in the fire hose.

Shittiest editor ever award? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634424)

samzenpus == worst "editor" of all time. Even Katz looks decent in comparison..

Re:Shittiest editor ever award? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634578)

No. The worst "editor" is kdawson; it's not even close. His incompetence won't even be challenged for another 100 years.

I am shocked!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634442)

Advertizing is a lie, film at 11. Move along....

Apple has won (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634452)

Like it or not, Apple is the most wanted brand lof tablets and phones. You can add flash, hdmi, double rainbows to your tablet but if Steve Jobs didn't produce it then it is regarded as pig shit by the masses.

Samsungs status = Told.

Re:Apple has won (1, Troll)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634786)

Like it or not, Apple is the most wanted brand lof tablets and phones. You can add flash, hdmi, double rainbows to your tablet but if Steve Jobs didn't produce it then it is regarded as pig shit by the masses.

Samsungs status = Told.

No, it's regarded as pig shit by Apple afficionados, people that would believe in the infallibility of Apple even if it did turn out pig shit. The rest of us look at the overall value proposition, and may or may not decide to buy Apple based upon our actual needs. The phenomenal success of Android in the handset market shows very clearly that not everyone considers Apple a "must buy." And that's only reasonable: no single product, or product line, can hope to serve everyone's needs.

If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

symbolic (11752) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634466)

...for movies and stories, why not for ads?

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634500)

Because ads are not intended as entertainment, but rather as propaganda. People know this, and take a dim view to being brazenly lied to.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (5, Funny)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634544)

Wait... are you saying Skittles don't come from rainbows?!
Bastards!

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634790)

Wait... are you saying Skittles don't come from rainbows?! Bastards!

Next thing you know, we'll find out that Cheetos don't come from cheese.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634568)

"Because ads are not intended as entertainment, but rather as propaganda. People know this, and take a dim view to being brazenly lied to."

Do you really think all those folks in the pharm-biz ads are real people with real heart disease, bad sinus problems, bad hearts, etc, etc? Do you really believe those people in those ads wearing white coats are real doctors.
Do you think those people in the Ford ads are real people ready to trade in their Toyota's?
How would you like to own your very own bridge? I can arrange it for you.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (5, Insightful)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634636)

Let's be clear. The whole point of putting people disguised as patients and doctors in ads is because the majority of ordinary people actually believe they are real patients and doctors. You know it, I know it, advertisers know it. It's a lie designed to bring in customers, and it works.

So what's your beef? You want to pretend such psychological tricks aren't evil because you're bored of someone pointing out the obvious? Or maybe you're just a troll who likes to be contrarian?

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634656)

"Because ads are not intended as entertainment, but rather as propaganda. People know this, and take a dim view to being brazenly lied to."

Do you really think all those folks in the pharm-biz ads are real people with real heart disease, bad sinus problems, bad hearts, etc, etc?

I despise those adds, and if I had the power, I'd ban them as an affront to the public benefit.

Do you really believe those people in those ads wearing white coats are real doctors.

I'd be glad to ban those too.

Do you think those people in the Ford ads are real people ready to trade in their Toyota's?

That kinda thing I'm actually less upset with, what with it not being medical or health related. As long as any claims they do make are factual, it's not a problem with me.

To be honest though, I prefer the character ads. The last Ford commercial I recall was their Race of the Century one. That was cool. Of course, that was several years ago, so that shows how much I've paid attention to them. Toyota, now, I like their ads with the Sponsafier. They are pretty silly, but the tool IS fun.

How would you like to own your very own bridge? I can arrange it for you.

It better not go to nowhere.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635106)

What I don't understand is how anyone can be positively influenced by a drug ad that has some dude rapidly saying (so that you hopefully won't understand the individual words) all the negative consequences. My final impression is "This can kill me. Maybe the cure is worse than the disease?"

Or the ones that go "At this price, they won't last long!" So that means what, that it's so cheap it'll fall apart first time I use it?

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (2)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634614)

Because ads are not intended as entertainment,

What utopian world did you just come from? This ad campaign [adsoftheworld.com] by VW was more entertaining than 99% of the shows on TV, then and now.

FYI I have never worked for or owned a VW product.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (3, Insightful)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634716)

Sorry, I think you're confusing the purpose of the ad with its form. Being entertaining is the form, but entertainment is not the purpose: The purpose is to convince people to buy VW cars, and that's propaganda.

Similarly: Nigerian spam messages are usually funny, but their purpose is to scam people.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (3, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634794)

Similarly: Nigerian spam messages are usually funny, but their purpose is to scam people.

Not quite. The 419ers aren't trying to be funny or entertaining ... they're intended to be taken seriously (and by the people that fall for them, they are.) That the rest of us find them hilarious is irrelevant.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

CaseCrash (1120869) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635182)

Like the ads with future Chinese people laughing about how the US screwed up with government spending and they own them now. It's all theater to influence your thinking. Monkey see, monkey think,

(Although it was a pretty decent 30 second sci-fi movie, considering what passes for sci-fi today)

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634796)

Sorry, I think you're confusing the purpose of the ad with its form.
Being entertaining is the form, but entertainment is not the purpose: The
purpose is to convince people to buy VW cars, and that's propaganda.

I don't think it's as simple as that. What about Star Wars? Is that entertainment or propaganda? The franchise has certainly grossed more money from the merchandise than the movies. Which is probably the case for many movies that are geared toward kids.

From a marketer's perspective a television show itself is just one big vehicle for advertising. You even have product placement in the show and movies themselves. Really if you boil it down, it's all about making money in the end anyhow.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634928)

It's true that movies in general have a long history of being used for propaganda (eg all the way back to Goebbels and wartime movies). But if it's hard to decide the true purpose for some movies, does that mean it's hard to decide for all others as well? Is it hard to decide the purpose of Samsung Galaxy ads, for example?

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634638)

Also because it's against the law to lie in advertisements. I'm kind of curious whether Samsung just failed to run this by their lawyers or whether their lawyers decided it was okay under US advertising law and FCC regulations for endorsements.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634782)

...for movies and stories, why not for ads?

Why not for the truth?
Caveat Emptor

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634834)

Caveat Emptor

it's not clever and it's certainly not efficient, stop trying to be an elitist cockbag with those proclamations of a pompous ass.

Re:If willing suspension of disbelief works... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635016)

There is no advantage in disbelieving reality, whereas entertainment, advertisements and other forms of fiction require you to "participate" by suspending your disbelief... you don't have to "believe" but if you're too busy trying to disprove them, they don't work.

I think you were looking for "why not more truth in advertising" but unfortunately, truth must be too expensive for the samsung galaxy tab.

New info about Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634476)

This Slashdot story is now out of date! I have NEW INFORMATION!

I just found out that the people in those GALAXY TAB ads... are ACTORS! That's right! You heard it here first!

Re:New info about Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635316)

Apple Advertising also uses Actors I found out.

I learned this the hard way when I was at a bus stop, and decided to play with the PC sitting on the seat next to me, well I thought it was a PC, but when I reached for the Joystick, the bloody thing hit me.

I for one am shocked. SHOCKED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634502)

That "average people" used in a television advertisement turned out to be PAID PROFESSIONAL ACTORS deployed for direct commercial advantage.

Where did this country go wrong?

Slash Bash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634510)

Why exactly is /. bashing the Samsung Galaxy? And, Paranormal Activity was real.

Dupedy dupe dupe dupe (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634520)

Quick, someone delete the submitted topic. We already have had this conversation before.

Not surprising... (0)

froggymana (1896008) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634534)

If you are surprised that ads are misleading and if you find "actors pretending to be real people" out of the ordinary then you should really go outside for a little bit.

Go on, the fresh air will be good for you, and will give you a chance to get rid of that "Mom's basement" smell.

Not a dupe. (4, Informative)

Gary Perkins (1518751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634542)

Not exactly a dupe. The story here isn't that they are actors, it's that Samsung's marketing copied a writer's review -- one that is NOT a good review of their product, and used it in a fake magazine. Read the source.

black holes; poisoned vaporized warring planets (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634546)

big no fly zone in the cosmos. the new, likely more real thinking is that once the population is mostly murdered, & the environment goes full potty, the area exudes stuff that is not conducive to life anywhere in the universe, so is declared off limits to the cosmos travelers, possibly for eons. as for being sucked into something, the same line of reason indicates that the victim planets were reeled in, by themselves, from the surface. who knew? ....., if at first we practice to deceive.... fake? what isn't? babys

for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way...

Re:black holes; poisoned vaporized warring planets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635032)

I think I've got the code now. Most amusing.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634554)

If Joseph Kolinski (or alternatively Korinski) was the CEO of a leading New York real-estate and he had a real 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab. He would definitely be raving about Galaxy Tab...Duh!

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634618)

If Joseph Kolinski (or alternatively Korinski)

If you're asian.

I'm confused... (1, Interesting)

BlueScreenOfTOM (939766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634556)

So wait... I'm confused, who do we hate again? The Galaxy Tab runs Android, and Android is open source, so they are good, right? But Android is created and managed by Google, who is hoarding our personal data and undoubtedly invading our privacy rights, so they are bad, right? But the Galaxy Tab's main competitor is Apple's iPad, and the iPad's OS is a walled garden that prevents me from doing what I want with a device I purchased outright, so competition against that is good right? But Apple's walled garden keeps bad things out and good things in, so paying a premium for it is totally worth it and justified, so Android is bad, right?

I'm so confused.

Re:I'm confused... (3, Insightful)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634602)

So wait... I'm confused, who do we hate again?

Marketing people. They'll lie equally about a product we like and one we hate.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634644)

Why can't we go back to the good old days when the marketing meant finding out what people want* and directing R&D toward that thing, instead of what we have now, where they take any old product and just tell people it's the thing they want....

*or will want, when they find out it exists.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

dudpixel (1429789) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634924)

Why can't we go back to the good old days when the marketing meant finding out what people want* and directing R&D toward that thing, instead of what we have now, where they take any old product and just tell people it's the thing they want....

*or will want, when they find out it exists.

apparently people dont really want marketers to "find out what people want" either...

Re:I'm confused... (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634946)

Never. Because it's boring and it doesn't sell product.

Rail as much as you want against marketing, but if you can't sell product, especially if it's non-utilitarian, you go out of business. Fast.

And I work on the making side of things, not the sales.

This story is a non-story and not news for nerds. If you are surprised by this marketing technique, you're just the gullible person they're targeting.

--
BMO

Re:I'm confused... (1)

painandgreed (692585) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635360)

I don't think he's railing against marketing, he's railing against people who mistake advertising for marketing. Advertising is just one bit of marketing and is preceded by finding out what the customer actually wants, building it, developing a way to get it to them, and then advertising. Those proceeding steps are needed because just advertising doesn't work any more as there are too many alternate choices. Likewise, companies who make great products who can't advertise also fail because nobody knows about the products. Marketing has been the whole kit and kaboodle and is based on getting what people want into their hands because that's what makes the most money. However, we have idiots who think that all marketing is just advertising and whoever throws the most money at telling people that their stuff is the best will come out on top when that isn't what happens.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

Rantastic (583764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635268)

Why can't we go back to the good old days when the marketing meant finding out what people want* and directing R&D toward that thing, instead of what we have now, where they take any old product and just tell people it's the thing they want....

Let's see, which makes more money... Convincing people to buy things they don't need or want, or the first way.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

herojig (1625143) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634738)

And the interesting aspect is that we are all tools for these fools, from the paid actors to the paid and unpaid bloggers to the fanboy posters on /. Bad press is just press, and look at all the free advertising that Samsung has gotten over this - much more then the original commercial could have ever achieved. And after using a Galaxy, I can see why they would really need all of this viral publicity just to sell a few million units of a newer design - ugh.

Re:I'm confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634676)

So wait... I'm confused, who do we hate again? ...
I'm so confused.

Sounds like your brain fell on the ground. It happens.

Re:I'm confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634710)

You left out... and Google has decided to not release the Android Tablet OS as open source until some unknown future date when they deem it safe.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634862)

the galaxy tab uses 2.3, not honeycomb, so the source code is available.

Re:I'm confused... (1)

indiechild (541156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634890)

Why are you confused? Most Slashdot posters seem to think what Samsung is doing is OK and reasonable -- presumably because they're a competitor to Apple. If Apple did the same thing as what Samsung did, they would of course be evil scum and low-life baby killers.

Slashdot Misleads With Old News (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634604)

Slashdot Misleads With Old News

advertisements are lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634628)

Advertisements are lies. Why is this news again?

well Apple ads claimed this guy was a pc... (3, Funny)

jsepeta (412566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634704)

Re:well Apple ads claimed this guy was a pc... (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635114)

There's a significant difference between an amusing and obviously fictitious commercial where an actor claims to be an inanimate object and a commercial where people claim to be consumers of a product giving their opinion and turn out to not, in fact, be consumers of the product. Then again, I'd have thought that was obvious.

also (4, Funny)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634770)

Happy smily kids eating at Mickey D are, in truth, a bunch of bratty whiners.
Continental doesn't really Love to Fly, they much prefer counting their money while laughing at stranded customers
Dell never really cared about customer satisfaction, but, at best, about being a bit less unsatisfactory than the competition, and cheaper.

and

No, we can't. Not really.

Not new... Watch TruTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634808)

I watched the premier of "southern fried stings" and the entire show had the feeling of Reno 911.
This is on a network called TruTV and it was chalk full of actors doing re-enactments but the show never disclosed it.

So... this isn't new, but it is also not something we should accept either.

Re:Not new... Watch TruTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634932)

[...] chalk full [...]

Unless these re-enactments took place at schools, the word you want is chock.

As has been done for decades (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634810)

What world are you living in?

I posted this in the last story on this too... (2)

jmac_the_man (1612215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634858)

BREAKING NEWS: Justin Long isn't really a Mac. Also, Jon Hodgeman isn't really a PC.

Oh no... (1)

$pace6host (865145) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634860)

This completely overturns my blind faith in the veracity of advertisements. If this one commercial contains fictional people, why, they all could! And what about the so-called "facts" they tell me? Maybe my beer really isn't less filling!? Maybe it doesn't really taste great!? What will I do?!?!

Surprising... (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634866)

How can you tell that a marketing guy is lying? His lips are moving.

How can you tell that a marketing guy is omitting important information? His lips aren't moving.

Re:Surprising... (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635180)

You should also check their hands. Some of them might be mutes.

Um. Business as usual? Or didn't you know? (2, Insightful)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 3 years ago | (#35634926)

Do people still honestly believe that commercials/advertisements/testimonials portraying consumers offering their opinions on the product are genuine?

This is business as usual. I would wager a guess at 95% of all commercials don't use genuine consumers. The remaining 5% (Vonage for example) have that little notice at the bottom that says something to the effect of "We offered them products and services for their endorsement in this commercial."

Re:Um. Business as usual? Or didn't you know? (1)

Skidborg (1585365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635046)

Stop polluting my positive dream world with your negative logic.

Re:Um. Business as usual? Or didn't you know? (1)

whoop (194) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635178)

And wrastlin' is real too, dammit!

Re:Um. Business as usual? Or didn't you know? (4, Insightful)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635220)

There is a HUGE difference.

Ads with fake customers/doctors/specialists on it don't tell you at any time that those are REAL. They don't tell you that they are fake, either.

If anybody asks, then they'll tell you, sure, they are actors. Some people do realize that fact, most don't, but even if you do realize it's fake, it still sort of works at a subconscious level.

In the Galaxy 2 presentation, Samsung's engineers say "It's good to see this REAL LIFE experiences", etc, etc. (Emphasis is NOT mine, they actually put the emphasis on the word REAL) ... several times. Now, in most cases they just let you assume that they are real customers, in this case, they are lying to you.

For example, Chinese manufacturers put "3G support" on most of their tablets. If you ask, they'll tell you that it "Supports external 3G". That is, you can connect a modem to it through USB and it'll work. Same thing for GPS support. Now, sure, it's not honest, but it's not as bad as if they were telling you "Internal 3G, just insert your sim card", and it didn't have internal 3G at all.

Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35634938)

Umm, did you really expect anything else? First, how could anyone be happy with a Samsung, and second, when was the last time a Korean was honest?

Nothing New (1)

Demonantis (1340557) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635094)

I hope this reporter(?) hasn't seen any commercials with doctors in them. They are actors too. I would hazard to say that everyone on TV are actors. Yes I am including the news and reality TV.

Re:Nothing New (1)

Pesticidal (1148911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635224)

Yeah I've even heard similar accusations against professional wrestling!

That's horrible. (2)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635140)

It impedes upon my ability to believe everything that I hear without doing any actual research about it myself! Ban it immediately!

This is so interesting! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635156)

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This cutting edge truth brought to you by Apple. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35635206)

Given that everything we see in advertising is a fabrication designed to mislead, I wonder who decided to highlight this particular set of lies?

Who has the most to lose? Who has the most to gain?

Yup. Nooooooow you're getting it!

So, Let me get this straight (1)

Rayzed (786761) | more than 3 years ago | (#35635340)

All this time, I was believing everything I saw in commercials. Am I now to believe that:

1) The Ford F150 that I got when I traded in my Toyota Corolla will NOT get better mileage, and my voice will NOT get deeper when I talk about it.
2) Cialis does NOT come with two free bathtubs?
3) ....

I'm sorry, I just can't continue. My dreams have just been shattered against the jagged rocks of reality, and I need to go get my iPad to pray to Jobs for new direction in my life.

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