Archive for January 23rd, 2011

Forced Food for Thought

(The Affects of Subliminal Messages on Our Subconscious)


Impressed images fuse with frantic words galore

Lurking beneath the surface, these memories are stored

But there is no guard that we can see

Muck seeps and leaks from media and TV

Abrupt yearnings for things we don’t need

Unnatural feelings; lust, violence, greed

Flashing pictures and melodic tunes

Beware; our entire mind is not perfectly immune

We react poorly, swerving out of control

Into unwanted thoughts one is lulled

If only a filter was in our possession

In order to stop the foul art of subliminal domination

.. Jessica Fennelly …

This writing was an assignment my daughter, a Senior in High School, had for her Human Behaviors class. When I read this it struck a chord of resonance with the recent reflections on information overload and greed to make money at all costs. The use of subliminal messages is not a new technique and in its most useful form is companion to the learning process we have as infants. The subconscious mind is in the state of process and intake continually and forms the storehouse of images, experiences, etc… that await the appropriate threads of connecting information that bring them to the surface, or if not received, lay forever dormant.

Add to this process the feverish pitch of advertisers to sell their products. IF we take this magic pill we will be less depressed, have more vigor in the bedroom, feel no pain. The lists of cautionary disclaimer and side effects runs on and on; often worse than the ailment that is being helped- yet, people still buy into the promise. If we buy this phone, or that make-up – go on this cruise or drink this coffee- we will feel, look and be just like those beautiful people in the ads. Yet, we still buy in to the glamour, hype and need to be techno-savvy.

Maybe there is no correlation at all to what may lay “between the lines” in the mass media approach to buying and selling. Maybe the desire to be all the things we see displayed within these ads is the great motivator in our subconscious to buy first and ask questions later. This simple high school exercise will certainly make me give more thought and attention to what really is being said between the lines.

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