perception is a
subject that virtually no one wants to believe exists, and -- if
it does exist -- they much less believe that it has any practical
application. . . . The techniques are in widespread use by media,
advertising and public relations agencies, industrial and
commercial corporations, and by the Federal government
itself." ~ Wilson Bryan Key (thinkexist.com). Subliminal
messaging is when the subconscious part of your brain would pick
up a different meaning from a song, movie, or logo, than the
meaning that was originally intended. Does subliminal messaging
This topic interests me because, I have actually watched and saw
something that was very disturbing in a Looney Tunes cartoon.
When I was younger we had a Looney Tunes DVD and I've always
watched the episodes on it. In one particular episode, which I
decided to re-watch when I was older, it showed a picture of a
naked woman in the background. I was shocked as I've never seen
it before in that cartoon, and pointed it out to some people who
didn't see that image until I showed them. It was a very small
portrait in that part of the movie that is displayed for a good
five minutes while the animal characters are chasing each other
around. That sort of picture may not affect us when we see it
right there, but in kids' subconscious, you never know how it
Subliminal messaging is when a signal or a message is embedded in another medium.
It is designed to pass below the normal limits of the human
mind's perception. These messages are unrecognizable by the
conscious mind, but in certain situations can affect the
mind. (selfGrowth.com) Subliminal messaging can be presented as a
visual, audio, or in a form of electromagnetic waves. The
ultimate goal of subliminal messaging is to manipulate and change
a person's way of thinking and a change in thinking patterns.
Some people choose to change their way of thinking with self-help
tapes, such as trying to lose weight. (dreammanifesto.com)
An example of an experiment to see if subliminal messaging does
indeed work was claimed to be carried out by a man named James
Vicary. In 1957, he carried out an experiment in a movie theater
with words that would flash across the screen really fast in
order for the people not to see it, but their brain would catch
it. Words such as, "Drink Coca Cola", or "Hungry? Eat more
popcorn" was displayed and Vicary claimed the sales of popcorn
and soda rose. He didn't really do the experiment and it was
false, but it still arose mass hysteria amongst people. The
people now suspected almost everything they were watching and
looked for subliminal messages everywhere.
The experiment of what Vicary claimed to have done, was actually
done by different people after he said it. It took place in the
same theater and the same movie played, and it did increase sales
at the end.
There are also some scary but real stories on how subliminal
messaging affects people. There were two boys who
were big fans of Judas Priests songs, which were mostly rock
songs about depressing stuff. They listened to the songs every
day, and one day committed suicide on December 23, 1985. A team
of researchers dissected the song and found the hidden message:
"Do it" repeated many times. The parents of one of the boys filed
a lawsuit against the Judas Priest band, concerning subliminal
messages. In the end Judas Priest won, because there was not
enough scientific evidence to prove that subliminal messaging
influenced the boys' decisions. (bbc.com)
In 1974 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received
complaints that a television show had subliminal messages and the
FCC said, "We believe that the use of subliminal perception is
inconsistent with the obligations of a [broadcast] licensee, and
therefore we take this occasion to make clear that broadcasts
employing such techniques are contrary to the public interest.
Whether effective or not, such broadcasts clearly are intended to
be deceptive." The government tried to take steps in protecting
the people from unwanted messages that would influence their
To conclude, subliminal messages are practically everywhere,
hidden in billboards, ads, and songs. The brain can easily be
influenced and it's a frightening thought that something can be
perceived in the subconscious. Even though the government banned
subliminal messaging, it can't control every little thing that
goes out there. People can start selling stuff without resorting
to hidden messages. More awareness about this issue should be
raised, because most people are unaware about this topic.
Subliminal messaging is capable enough to cause harm and/or death
in some form. Some people doesn't believe it exists, and some
people believe it does, but the main point is that people can
start to sell their ideas of movies, art, or songs without
resorting to any type of deceit.
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