Review of Loopt.com

At some event I attended, I received a card that said I could get 5 free songs from Loopt.com if I downloaded the app to my mobile phone. I decided to check out the website first before committing to adding an app that is difficult to remove. On the site, I didn’t see any button for downloading music, and the main page was a blog post about “smartphone intervention week.” I thought this must be urging people to put away their phones for a week, but no…it was propaganda urging people to abandon their current phones and buy smartphones. Surprisingly, this has been “liked” by 75 people. This is called advertising, people. It is not news or culture. I threw the card away.

Huggies commercial repulsive

Am I the only one disturbed by the Huggies commercial featuring a baby boy in denim diapers being ogled by women?  The women aren’t melting over his cuteness–the baby is put in an adult situation of getting into an expensive car while the women pull down their sunglasses to gawk.  The camera angle and background music make the toddler look like he is strutting.  I called the company and complained that sexualizing babies is not appropriate or cute or funny.  It’s disturbing.  Too many children are sexually molested to be encouraging the idea that toddlers can act and/or be seen as sexy.  Young children watching the commercial may well get the impression that they should try to be more sophisticated and grown-up to get attention from adults.  Aren’t kids under enough pressure already?  The ads disappeared for a while, but now they’re back, and this time they even seem to be promoting some kind of cause.  Some may say it’s just a commercial and it’s harmless, but there is no such thing as harmless, especially in advertising.  Everything has an impact, good or bad.  We may not be able to prove that x things happened as a result of watching this commercial, but the messages we hear and see do not just disappear.  They linger, especially if we see them over and over.  We need to hold companies accountable for the impact of their advertising, whether overt or subliminal.  Believe me, these companies know exactly what they are doing, and they understand that their commercials are not completely harmless.  They are not innocent, like toddlers should be.

Crest Pro-Health Whitening Toothpaste review

This toothpaste is terrible.  I received a sample from the dentist, and it seemed fine, so I bought a larger tube on sale.  Big mistake.  The formulation is different for some reason in the small versus the large tubes, or at least the large tube I purchased.  Maybe I just got a bad batch.  First of all, it is gritty like sand.  Not gum-friendly.  Second, it is slimy, and oozes out of the tube because the cap doesn’t close all the way.  The tube stands on end and the goop seeps out and makes a mess of everything.  I’m going to have to throw it out, which upsets me because I don’t like wasting things.  I even tried  laying the tube on its side and wedging the cap closed, but the leak was even worse.  It’s like a gritty blob trying to devour everything in its path.  Forgive me, teeth and gums, for foisting this product on you.

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