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How to let some dork with a computer remove your soul

Sometime a few weeks ago I opened a bunch of tabs about photo retouching.  Now that I’ve finally gotten around to reading them, I’m appalled.  Yes, everyone already knows that photos aren’t real, blah blah blah.  Whatever.  I’m appalled at how retouching not only corrects colour, improves contrast, maybe even removes a blemish here or there (hell I was more than happy to have my pimples removed for my high school senior picture I assure you), but removes all the character from people who are already beautiful.

Why bother?

Why bother?

from NYphotographics, who have some of the most minimal retouches I found – most of which I think are almost entirely unnecessary.  It only goes downhill from there.  For example, evidently Mason Marconi needed more booty.  What????  Yeah.  And this beautiful lady was evidently not good enough.  *sigh*.

I can’t even think of a way to discourage this, either.  Some people say “don’t buy any media that contains this” as it’s seen as a pull from customers – which is true in part.  However, in actual fact essentially every product advertises with heavily retouched photos, and since a purchase is almost never traceable to an advert it is likely that any purchase will be construed as having been created by said advert.

Maybe I should build a shack.  In Montana.  And write a manifesto. *sigh*

I know someone who likes Formula 1. Enjoy!

Sky Dragons

Sky Dragons

Skittles ads are some of the most creative things on TV

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Bitchin’ ’bout Commercials – Petco

Your pet knows when it looks good.

As a pet owner and amimal lover, I can tell you that no self-respecting pet owner referes to his or her pet as “It.”  Never!!!  Girls are “she” and boys are “he.”  Even if they’ve been fixed.  It’s just demeaning to be referred to as “it.”  In this case they could have modified it slightly and said “Your pets know when they look good.”  See, nice and easy, and it would have kept me from thinking that Petco is objectifying my pets.

Bitchin’ ’bout Commercials – Degree for Men

OK, I have to add a new feature to this blog.  I need to vent about so many commercials I’m exposed to while I’m not working and trying to pass the time.

Degree for Men

Degree for Men

I’ll start with Degree for Men.  Did you know that 7 out of 10 men prefer Degree fragrances.  Yeah, great.  Isn’t that what we’re all looking for.  You know, a casual encounter with a coworker in the restroom.  “Dude, you smell great!”  Who is the moron who came up with this ad??  They’re trying to compete with Old Spice, but they are never going to get customers if they tell guys that other dudes will like the way they smell.