The urge to remain silent has been overwhelming lately. I've only been writing comments at other blogs---which I suppose I could produce here with the linkage, but the urge to join the scrum is too strong most of the time.
Twisty, I bow down! This is one of the funniest pieces of blogvective I've read in a long time. I can't follow up with anything more in the way of commentary.
I can relate one Women's Magazine exercise that my brother and I invented about 30 years ago---a kind of mimetic deconstruction of some of the images of female models. It's simple---rather than, say, trying to "not talk to him during football season" or "bring him the powerdrill" (to fix a leaking showerhead?), try to assume the exact posture of any female model in a full page ad.
Our findings, based on experimentation with our mother's copies of Vague, were that a large number of seemingly natural postures were in fact alarmingly contorted when you try them yourself. Further, they were contorted in ways that seemed to embody non-verbal but nevertheless quite specifically twisted self-images.
But the exercise does help to depower the glossy images...
Another blog to avoid at work---I can't always explain why I'm laughing so hard...
UPDATE: Twisty strikes the ad world again---the Walter Benjamin of the Blogworld!