I'm working on the next episode, I've just had to deal with some technical glitches that have slowed me down. In the meantime, I decided that it might be fun to make a video of all the nonsense I come across on a typical shopping trip.
Just me rambling on and complaining like a crotchety old man. What more could you ask for?
I'll let you guys know if I come across any really interesting information about these products I talked about.
Don't get me wrong, I know that it's the job of advertisers to use the truth selectively and to tell a narrative that may not be completely true to reality. But every so often I notice a commercial that I have to admit is a masterwork in using completely meaningless babble to trick people into believing they're getting actual information.
Case in point, Downy's recent "Basket of Cash" commercial. Take a look, and notice how not one single point made in the commercial carries any actual real world meaning:
Now let's take a deeper look at what the ad was showing us:
I went out to do some grocery shopping yesterday, and I decided to have a look at the magazine rack. I was hoping, but not expecting, that they had decided to start carrying one or both of the main skeptical magazines: Skeptic Magazine or The Skeptical Inquirer. Unfortunately, I was once again disappointed. They had a few interesting science magazines, but the skepticism magazines were completely absent.
This grocery store is about a 20 minute walk away from my apartment, and there are 2 other stores in that area with magazine racks, none of which carry skeptical magazines. Whenever I'm out and about in other areas of the city, I look at the magazine racks in other stores to see if they carry a skeptical magazine. I found one Shoppers Drug Mart that carried Skeptic Magazine, but not Skeptical Inquirer. Most other Shoppers Drug Marts I've been to, however, don't.
The only place I know of that carries both magazines is Chapters, a large book store here in Canada with an extensive magazine rack. I guess skepticism is still pretty much a niche topic, widely misunderstood and not well represented in our society. It's unfortunate, but there's just not the demand for this kind of content that we'd like to see, even though I'm personally of the opinion that our message can really catch on if more people are exposed to it.
It's disheartening to realize how far we have to go, even though the skeptical community has grown by leaps and bounds on the Internet. But what was even more disheartening was moving my gaze over the magazine rack to the right, where I saw this:
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