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Terror marketing
by contraindicated for use with/for/by humans (agent139)
at December 30th, 2008 (12:21 pm)

"Terror marketing, or toxic marketing, is one area of negative psychological triggering that works when the target demographic has developed resistance to mass-marketing techniques. In some sense, all black metal relies on toxic marketing. Most horror films use toxic marketing, and a great example comes from the 1990 film Crazy People, in which an advertising executive places an ad for a film called The Freak with a tagline that states "This film won't just scare you, this film will fuck you up for life."

http://www.publicindividual.com/memetics/page59.html

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Posted by: the artist formerly known as Merkabamystica (bythebootstraps)
Posted at: December 30th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)

Would the pop up ads for Norton Antivirus that come installed on a PC count as this?

"Your computer is not safe! You could be at risk for an attack of a virus!"

Posted by: Nick (sarx_phagos)
Posted at: December 30th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
money here money there
twodollarbill

That sounds like a nasty trojan horse I had earlier this year. I commit money to that sham company that wanted me to pay to get rid of their virus, but I still had to fork over $60 to have some computer guru wipe my hard drive. The moral of this story is: I still spent money. So sad.

~~Nick

Posted by: Rob Vincent (rob_t_firefly)
Posted at: December 30th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
mst3k - seats

Crazy People is an underrated film.

Posted by: jaquesul (jaquesul)
Posted at: July 29th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)

are we still talking about a movie ? web marketing is as toxic as that films ad ! it fucks up your brain while you're surfing in order to be aware of this or that.

Posted by: Rob Vincent (rob_t_firefly)
Posted at: July 29th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
drwho - tardis wish

It doesn't fuck up your brain as much as an out-of-the-blue reply to a comment from two years ago. ;-)

Posted by: zanamartin (zanamartin)
Posted at: October 11th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)

I consider most common ads (like toothpaste) to be the best example of terror marketing by using reverse psychological triggers. Every single spot ad is trying to convince you the about the benefits you'll get when buying one or another product. So, when you're thinking of the consequences of not using this or that you've been caught.
rate it

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