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Frank J. Oswald’s latest Mental Shavings post is about the new Scientology commercial: Chocolate and Football Games

Frank notes: “Of the smattering of comments on YouTube, nearly all are positive, like this one: ‘This makes one of my friends cry every time. So beautiful and so true.’ ”

Filmmakers know that any sweeping montage of opposites — life, death, up, down, yin, yang — tends to have that tearjerker effect.

Or at least some kind of awe-inspiring, holistic, gestalt effect, like those commercials for multi-national conglomerates. These are the Koyaanisqatsi type clips of ships, airliners, wind turbines, planets… The viewer asks, “What does this company do?” The campaign says, “What we do is everything.” (Think Dow, GE)

Who doesn’t like a good, random collection of nouns? Shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages, and kings. I dare you to read one page of Adrian LeBlanc’s Random Family and not be spurred on to read the next 100 pages, just to see where all these nouns lead. Perhaps to chocolate and football games… roast beef, and trampolines.

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Written by @hellopanelo

June 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

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  1. Thanks for the nod, Sharon. I couldn’t agree with your comments more. I wonder if that Gestalt isn’t broken, though, when people visit Scientology’s site, which has more of the weird, cultish vibe that people fear. (www.scientology.org). Tom & Co. need a lesson in integrated marketing.

    Frank J. Oswald

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm


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