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[29 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
France to Regulate Airbrushed & Photoshopping Pictures

France: Regulate those Manipulated Pictures!
This is going to create some interesting controversy. French lawmakers have decided to regulate airbrushing photos by requiring disclaimers on photos that are photoshopped or enhanced in any way. This action was taken as a way of fighting against body image issues at the source.

This disclaimer would be needed in newspapers, photos, magazines, political pieces, product packaging, art photography.

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[18 Sep 2009 | 14 Comments | ]
Famous Manipulated Photos – Pre Photoshop

Did you know the images you see in magazines are touched up and photoshopped to be pleasing to the eye?

I am sure you all said yes. Everything we see today has been digitally enhanced. Every face we see is not only cleaned up, but necks are trimmed, the chins are tucked, and eyes are enlarged. Every blemish from the skin is erased, hair is made more glimmery, all this on top of picking the prettiest of models.

But did you know famous pictures from history were also manipulated long before the existence of photoshop?

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[14 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Protect our Bubble Babies with Our Stuff

Get your saline-soaked, aloe-treated, grape-scented tissues for your child! It’ll make blowing your child’s nose safe and fun! Don’t let him feel discomfort. Be a good parent.

In the Kiddie-Safety Industrial Complex, parents are gobbling up hitherto unheard-of stuff like those Boogie Wipes tissues, toy wagons with seat belts, sure-grip gloves for lifting baby out of the bath, and even knee pads for babies to wear when they start to crawl over that crushed glass you chose instead of carpeting for the nursery.

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[11 Jun 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
AdBlock Plus: Block All Ads on the Internet!

Trashy Advertising Influence
We talk all the time about how bad emotionally driven advertising has had a detrimental influence in our society. Starting at a very young age, billions of dollars are spent to take advantageous of our inner desires for love, significance and our insecurities to sell us things we don’t need.

So what can we do? Try out this awesome little plugin for your browser to block all ads!

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[19 May 2009 | 13 Comments | ]
Unnaturally Beautiful Children: Image & Beauty

In 2004, a survey by NPD Group showed that on average, girls started to use beauty products at the age of 17. Today that average is 13.

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[16 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Here at Clean Cut Media, we show a critical eye to TV Commercials, TV Shows and Movies in regards to the level of unnecessary mature themes such as sexual innuendos and crass jokes , even in children movies. We also touch upon how media tends to paint a particular way of life or a particular image that can give the wrong kind of picture of reality and what is considered the norm.
Product Centric vs Lifestyle Centric TV Commercials
Mac vs PC Elimination TV Commercial Spot
However we aren’t all just about the …

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[29 Apr 2009 | 26 Comments | ]
Influence of Media & Advertising in Our View of Life

Growth of the Information Age
The proliferation of the Internet and the ease of sharing information online has greatly enhanced the power of media and advertising. It shapes are attitudes, behaviors and our values in regards to how we view everything and everyone. Everyone speaks about how media affects our society but the power of advertising also comes from the ideas and messages that get portrayed as an underlying reality in media.
Advertising Providing Solutions to our Deepest Longings
Luxury Acura Advertisement Lifestyle
Everyday we are exposed to a particular lifestyle portrayed in movies, …

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[10 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Children as Commodities, Influence of Media on Children

 
Media Influence on Children – Marketing Power
“The advertising and marketing industry spends over $17 billion a year on shaping our children’s identities and desires.”
Below is an excellent article discussing the influence of media and money in “commodifying” of children in our modern culture. The article itself is very long so I’ve excerpted pieces of it below with a link at the bottom to the original source. Enjoy!
As we face difficult economic times, everyone is wondering how are we going to bounce back? What can be done? In all the pain …

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[30 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Average Adult Watches an Hour of TV Ads a Day

TV Media Consumption

When the subjects were asked to recall their media consumption behaviors, “people underestimated the amount of time they spent with TV by a substantial amount,” about 25 percent on average. – Mr. Wakshlag

Average Americans are exposed to 61 minutes of TV ads and promotions every day.
An Average Adult are exposed to some form of digital screen (TV, GPS, Cellphones, Computers) for 8.5 hours a day.
Computer usage has supplanted radio as the second most common media activity

These are some of the statistics found by the Council for Research …

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[19 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Obama Pro-life Abortion Video?

The images of a baby fetus.
The heart beats, the baby moves.
“This child’s future is a broken home.”
“He will be abandoned by his father.”
“His single mother will struggle to raise him”
The baby continues to grow…
A pro-choice video, we assume..
Then in a twist of fate,
“This child, despite the hardships he will endure, will become the first African-American President.”
Images of Barack Obama triumphant on election night.
“Life. Imagine the potential.”

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[21 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

 
Broken Heart Divorce Radio Contest
For Valentines day a popular Detroit radio station decided to hold a contest. Whoever is voted the most dysfunctional couple gets a free divorce!

Let me stop there so we can all take a deep breathe for a moment. If this is not a sign of our culture going in the wrong direction, I don’t know what is. But, is this really all that surprising?
Consider a few facts and articles just on Clean Cut Media alone..
Sexual promiscuity rampant in media and in our culture.
Laws to protect children …

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[11 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Are Superbowl Ads Not Good for Kids?

“…I wasn’t too happy with ads for erectile-dysfunction drugs popping up every 15 minutes whenever I watched a football game with my daughters in the room.” ––Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, 2006
Common Sense Media released a study on the content of TV ads & commercials shown during NFL game broadcasts. They studyed nearly 60 games covering 180 hours of game time coverage. Within that period there were nearly 6,000 commercials and the easy conclusion was that it is impossible to watch a single game without visually taking in messages …