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Desc:In 1991, HBO tried to teach kids about ad trickery
Category:Classic TV Clips
Tags:90s, Advertising, HBO, Jim Fyfe
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HarrietTubmanPI - 2011-12-01
Teaching kids to be skeptical (as well as adults) has sadly gone out of style of late.
Caminante Nocturno - 2011-12-01
Skepticism, as well as teaching it, takes too much effort.

Cyberblah - 2011-12-01
Skepticism is an unreasonable burden on businesses.

EvilHomer - 2011-12-02
Educators and special interest groups find it's too hard to indoctrinate children when they're constantly questioning what they're told.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2011-12-01
Everyone knows those yellow rechargeable batteries and what an incredible piece of shit they were. Hours of charging and minutes of crashing an R/C toy into walls or curbs.
Mother_Puncher - 2011-12-01
This is the cheapest way to learn to be skeptical. The best way is to learn through soul crushing disappointment and gut wrenching rejection. Thats why I dont get excited for stuff or talk to girls.
Screwtape - 2011-12-01
Media Literacy should be standard K-12 curriculum.
SolRo - 2011-12-01
That's irrelevant...now balancing a checkbook, you're screwed without that.

HarrietTubmanPI - 2011-12-01
Neil deGrasse Tyson suggested we should all go through a class in high school or college called "How to tell if someone is bullshitting you"

HarrietTubmanPI - 2011-12-01
SolRo - I hope you're joking. If you can tell if someone is bullshitting you, adding and subtracting numbers is a piece of cake.

memedumpster - 2011-12-01
I had a teacher in middle school who taught us about marketing. She taught us some techniques and had us write our own commercials, it was fun. On day one, though, the first statement out of her mouth was "all advertising lies." When I think of teachers who made a difference, she immediately comes to my mind.
The Mothership - 2011-12-01
me too; she was batshit crazy, but that lesson stuck.

Seven Arts/H8 Red - 2011-12-01
Consumer Reports wasn't above shilling itself or its spinoffs, either - Penny Power/Zillions, its books, its health and travel newsletters, its television show, this series of specials. The magazine had some decent journalism and Selling It, so that balanced the self-promotion.
Riskbreaker - 2011-12-01
Interesting, i seriously doubt this kind of stuff would get made these days.
Born in the RSR - 2011-12-01
viote - 2011-12-01
These children are oddly articulate.
deadpan - 2011-12-01
giygusattack - 2011-12-01
I remember this program having a huge influence on me. I also enjoyed the "Encyclopedia" show this guy was on.
Chalkdust - 2011-12-01
goddamn earworm theme song haunts me to this day

Look it up!
Look it up!
Look it up!

joelkazoo - 2011-12-02
The Jim Fyfe Club? That's just wrong somehow.
cognitivedissonance - 2011-12-02
Jim Fyfe's head is the most aerodynamic thing I've ever seen on a human. He's like a greyhound.
Xenagama Warrior Princess - 2011-12-04
The Bob Saget whippet.

chumbucket - 2011-12-02
I remember the Green Machine having this effect on my and my friends. And when the one guy with spoiling parents got one, we all realized how stupid we really were.
fatatty - 2011-12-05

spiteful crow - 2011-12-02
Doing their part to prevent thousands of ruined Christmas mornings. I love it.
dairyqueenlatifah - 2011-12-02
Holy shit, nostalgia rush.

They made my whole class watch this in elementary school.
Nikon - 2011-12-07
Part II :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgP3_ZJVs7k&annotation_id=annot ation_456952&feature=iv
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