Candy has a lot of sugar in it

Jesse Shramenko
Professor Goncalves
Imagery and Culture Blog Post II: Candy has a lot of sugar in it
2014-3-14
“I’m just glad that cars; don’t run on vodka!” – Eugene Mirman

The techniques used for advertising seem to reflect a sad reality that I can relate to the song “Far From Reality” by “Natural Black.” The song talks about how things that are strange along with people in their own world could cause blind-siding things to happen and for people to be treated badly. When I brought up the movie “Her” that seems off in popular culture provides relevance. Joaquin Phoenix plays someone who falls in love with a machine and that is serious and troublesome. Not only is it idol worship, but it plays upon the unknown, it seems to be the type of movie that would make me wonder “why am I watching this?” In popular culture it seems to relate to electronic smoking units, electricity in someone’s body inhaled from a battery is not a good idea, I should talk being that I have a tobacco-vaporizer in my room, what I’m attempting to get across is, imagine having sex with something that has a battery. That’s not the hot we like to think of! It also seems off that Phoenix claims that the machine is “not just a computer.” Then what else is it?
In Natural Black’s song he makes it very clear that if “you wear your shoes without your socks you get fungus.” Well, if you have sex with a hot battery concentrated within a machine, I am pretty confident that it would hurt.
Musicians, religious churches, and, even, cults have equated evil to super-computers, whether they are right or wrong about it, I just felt like including the point.
I don’t feel it applies to all advertising, carfax commercials seem to be in direct contrast to the point I’m trying to make.
I’m just glad there are still commercials that have on the bottom in white letters, the words “do not attempt.”


If radiation can cause me cancer, or make popcorn out of seeded-kernels, why would I elope with it like eloping with a woman? Such has a relation to racism that has gone on. As we all know racism is absolutely stupid, unproductive, and evil. Obviously, on one hand, it has tied itself with colonialism, by man, but it also has deeper conveyances of retardation, such retardation that it’s valuable to be aware of in order to spot something that isn’t right. We’re all adults with stuff maintain in the lives we’re living. Karl Marx is a pioneer of what is known today as “socialism/communism” and he took his ideas off of a combination of Hegelianism and tactics of survival used among African tribes. In fact, thanks to God Marx was alive to convey ideas that caused the spawning of the communist party. Meanwhile Kevin Rashid Johnson is the Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter and his book “Defying the Tomb” has much relation to socialism. In fact when the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was made in Oakland California was pioneered with mixtures of ideas from Karl Marx and Mao Tse Tsun/Zedong, along with folks like Malcolm X (El -Hajj Malik El Shabazz) and Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichael). There’s some real familiarity here in ideology! Maybe there’s a small difference concerning religious outlook. In fact the only other difference is more of a similarity being that the Black Panther Party started as a political party in Alabama with the symbol of a black panther, confronting the Democratic Party’s symbol of a white rooster. The New Afrikan movement is allied with the Black Panther Party (or NBPP by now) and close ties are maintained, on another note, thanks to God, at one point these folks pioneered an actual semi-independent province called New Afrika that comprises a nice portion of the U.S.-south. Such draws a direct relation to revolutions people have had to overturn governments that have oppressed them, be it capitalist or socialist. To get to the point, Johnson’s book, the last time I checked, was banned as “gang material.” I’m not sure about now, but while he was incarcerated the book had to be ordered online from a site run in Canada to get to someone in the United States. That book critiques sensationalized entertainment as a means of destruction through lust of things irrelevant. Johnson is a wonderful artist by the way. Excerpts of his book and artwork can be found here:

“…when you want to go and watch ‘Family Guy’!” – Lawrence Hamm
Johnson also talks of his ideas and answers questions here:

I know for a fact that the triumphant founding of a province (New Afrika) and the effort put into that revolution is not the same thing as a car commercial where someone says “the Italians are coming” and a bunch of women remove articles of clothing to look sexy.
“The Italians are coming” commercial advertising the 2014 Fiat 500L can be found below:

It stuns me that Rashid’s book provides the objective as one that wants “a classless and nation-stateless society and world” similar to ideas put down by Marx. I personally am not a fan of capitalism or socialism. It is a direct contradiction when Marx is revered for communicating “vindicate the simple laws of morals and justice” and how members of the Black Panther Party for self-defense provide apartment complexes, schooling with free-lunches, free-breakfast programs, free clothing drives, free sickle-tests, transportation for senior citizens, ejecting of people out of gangster life, and meanwhile “Defying the Tomb” was looked down upon. It truly shows how mentally, socially, and retarded racism is, whether or not race was a factor in banning Johnson’s book, from a historical context, that sure was a double-standard! That’s what racism is, a double-standard! Somehow though, with both people that have similar ideas, Marx is highly respected in sociology, while Johnson’s work was considered gang material by folks who made the decision to block it from sale in the United States. It provides something to be aware of, at least in the United States; that one is to be considered inclined toward gang material when criticizing popular entertainment. The reason such mental retardation is something to be aware of (especially in advertising), is that such a bias, toward a literary work that is so deep while the o-k is reserved for many manipulative commercials — is awful. It’s always good, in my opinion, to be able to identify problems in order to encourage solutions, similar to the sayings “food for thought” and “each one teach one.” It could, in fact, save someone’s life. Meanwhile, I’m expected to feel there’s no double-standard if any documentaries are made on cable television, point blank, for shows like “Gangland” or “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” and that it’s fine and dandy, that’s to say even if Johnson’s book had any hint of information that would constitute gang material. . Here is a long documentary from Gangland on the Crips (Community Revolution in Progress) for instance:

It’s a real cut-off in the world of education if Johnson’s work is still blocked in the United States of America. Specific educational subjects the book deals with include politics, sociology, anthropology, and imagery and culture when considering the work itself, at face value.
The idiocy Johnson addresses is real, Spongebob Squarepants is a funny show, but a kid drowned in a river looking for Spongebob. It reminds me of the line in the song “New Day” by “Wyclef Jean” in which he says “but college wasn’t for some of us so we joined the service,” when thinking of someone seeing something that’s wrong and then being told “shape up or ship out” for it. Funny part about it, Jean, who is given respect in mainstream media, made a charity called “Yele-Haiti” after the earthquake, and a woman expressed disapproval, claiming if she were to rely on Yele-Haiti that the children in the background caught on camera would not be alive to have been seen.
In regards to power structure a vivid concentration on the matter includes a personal injury lawyer, and a supporter of the F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police) named “Michael Smerconish.” He made a criticism toward President Barack Obama for allowing musical artist-Common to perform at a poetry event that included Obama. I made a video responding to it, and it touches upon the first point I made that was expressed by Far from Reality done by Natural Black. The contrast between preconceptions, strange things, and reality are really shown in the video, and where images are concerned are concentrated in two songs I put in the video to relate to it the best; “American History X” by “Ill Bill” and “Around my Way” by “Talib Kweli,” and “John Legend” Kweli’s and Legend’s song, made thanks to God, concentrates on the solution more than Ill Bill’s, which focuses more on the problem I’m addressing. These songs are below:

With all of such taken into consideration, I feel it would be better to advertise products at face-value. Just say what the product does. How much could be avoided if that were to happen? I’d rather watch a Nielsen car commercial than a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial that conveys Earthly threats of bugs that can hurt people. Here are some links to clarify the aforementioned points. In this video the first 20 seconds are what I’m referring to:


The trouble with manipulative commercials is that they make people spend their money on something they may not need! What if I actually worked as a flight attendant, and some person talked at me like they were better than me telling me to get orange juice, and I just happened to miss the flight? Over a bottle of orange juice, it would be absolutely idiotic! The song “Paid My Dues” by “Z-Ro,” the Holy Bible, loving myself so I could love someone else, makes me want to prioritize the time and money God has let me live through and possess rather than a bottle of orange juice! The commercial and song can be found below:

A clip i’m going to show is from the movie “Don’t Be a Menace While Drinking Your Juicy in the Hood.” I tried to embed an image of the woman who plays the character known as “Dashiki” smiling at the main character but was unsuccessful because the file is on the computer I use It would be a great advertisement to buy the movie. The clip shows it though. In the movie Marlon Wayans falls in love with the depicted woman playing the part of a character named “Dashiki” who he gets together with, becomes a father of many, and is blessed with a loving relationship.

The simple concept of love, it doesn’t always have to be about money or material value. I was going to have an image of her smiling and then the line from “Must be Nice” by “Lyfe Jennings” that states “Someone whose smile is bright enough to make the projects feel like a mansion.That line I would use above the image of her smiling is from the song “Must Be Nice” by “Lyfe Jennings” a song I will be using for my final project. I didn’t upload it to the web to do that due to poor use of time on the part of me.

Godspeed everyone.

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