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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    If we're concerned about evil corporations advertising harmful products to susceptible populations, we should start by looking at the ads that states direct toward the poorest and least-informed in order to convince them to buy lotto tickets.

    One of the most recent ads that I've seen was in Spanish in a heavily latino area on the side of a bus stop. It listed the name of the game, said something like "with a jackpot this big, you can do anything," and had this picture:



    The implication is obviously "win the lotto and you can have the American dream/become an American." When you see the astounding amount of money that the poor pay for lotto tickets, **** like that is more offensive than anything targeting kids.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    If we're concerned about evil corporations advertising harmful products to susceptible populations, we should start by looking at the ads that states direct toward the poorest and least-informed in order to convince them to buy lotto tickets.

    One of the most recent ads that I've seen was in Spanish in a heavily latino area on the side of a bus stop. It listed the name of the game, said something like "with a jackpot this big, you can do anything," and had this picture:



    The implication is obviously "win the lotto and you can have the American dream/become an American." When you see the astounding amount of money that the poor pay for lotto tickets, **** like that is more offensive than anything targeting kids.
    Damn good point.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    No, it won't. But changing the way it's allowed to advertise to people might.
    Nope, not by a single ounce.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Actually, I don't consider myself a perfect parent at all. I just don't blame advertisements aimed towards my kids on my choice to buy them stuff.

    In the end, I still see it as the parents' choice to buy the food for their children. Also, I see some negative consequences to this as possible as well. I know I have been known to buy the smaller kids meal for myself if I wanted the toy (I can be a big kid sometimes), so I ended up eating a smaller meal out because of the toy. If the kids are allowed to choose whatever they want on a fast food menu, then it is possible that the parents will now be getting their kids bigger meals because the kid feels gyped because he isn't getting a toy in his Happy Meal.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Nope, not by a single ounce.
    Do not underestimate the physcological effects of advertising though, it's been worked down to a friggin science, down to the pixels of colours used to entice the viewer. I always thought I was immune to the effects of advertising, but in the end if you start stepping back from yourself, and noticing small tendencies you have towards certain colours...

    It goes on and on, Anyone else wanna puff?

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Do not underestimate the physcological effects of advertising though, it's been worked down to a friggin science, down to the pixels of colours used to entice the viewer. I always thought I was immune to the effects of advertising, but in the end if you start stepping back from yourself, and noticing small tendencies you have towards certain colours...

    It goes on and on, Anyone else wanna puff?
    Anything to avoid blaming the people responsible, I guess.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Anything to avoid blaming the people responsible, I guess.
    Is that what I said. Nope.

    My first post in this thread specifically said, it's the fault of the parents in the case of Mcdonalds.

    I was merely trying to say, that the powers of advertising are a force to be reckoned with. They are not the be all and end all of decision making of a person, but it can be a huge factor, especially to an impressionable child, for which companies spend millions in research to see what appeals to them and hit them with everything they've got.

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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Is that what I said. Nope.

    My first post in this thread specifically said, it's the fault of the parents in the case of Mcdonalds.

    I was merely trying to say, that the powers of advertising are a force to be reckoned with. They are not the be all and end all of decision making of a person, but it can be a huge factor, especially to an impressionable child, for which companies spend millions in research to see what appeals to them and hit them with everything they've got.
    Actually, it is what you said.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Damn good point.

    Want to take a wild guess at which type of gambling has the worst odds?
    You already know I'm sure.
    What really blows my mind is that the government cracked down on numbers games (which had an 80% payout) as being predatory, but now run their own numbers games (which have a 50% payout) and consider it a public service.
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    Re: McDonald's Faces Happy Meals' Lawsuit

    We just need a little bit of honesty in advertising - like this guy, here - sorry, no embed


    Notice how he directly says that they put the polar bear on the can purely so kid's will like them more.
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