Friday, February 16, 2024

These cards are marked


These cards are marked
They're a mess
Yeah, a chocolate mess!
Easy boys, the dirty dealer meant no harm.

--1970s M&M commercial 

The television commercial quoted showed a western saloon card game with the house dealer eating chocolate and getting it all over the cards. The seedy looking card players in the saloon protested and were ready to shoot the dealer until the M&M characters intervened. I can pretty much recite that M&M commercial verbatim and it played when I was maybe 12 years old. Shows you the power of advertising. There are quite a few commercials I remember from growing up and watching commercial television.

Steaming has changed all that. You still see commercials, but most are about 15 seconds long and poorly made. It's sad. Advertising used to be such and art. Now the only good stuff is made for the Super Bowl.

And as I pointed out in an earlier post, I didn't watch the Super Bowl. 

A card cheating Cheetah would have been a pretty cool Super Bowl commercial spot (see what I did there).  Not sure what the product would have been. But no one seems to pay attention to the products anyway.

Which defeats the purpose of the advertising in the first place.

Oh well, I fold.

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