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    And I've ranted about it in my blog. I don't know if this is an inappropriate post here, so tell me if it is. I've started a blog recently, discussing my adventures with primal lifestyle and my progress thus far. Tonight I posted an epic rant about how my wife and I have dramatically minimized our advertising exposure, and I wanted to share:


    http://marks180.blogspot.com


    If this kind of thing shouldn't be posted here, I apologize. But Grok didn't watch commercials, and I don't think we should either.


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    I live a minimalist lifestyle (I have plenty of money [in savings] but I hardly buy or own anything) and often wonder if other primals do the same thing.


    Stuff never made me happy. It never will. Stuff controls people, not the other way around


    I do not own a TV (I watch movies on the computer, though). I do not own a car. I live in a VERY tiny apartment because I don't mind it and don't have very much stuff. Everything I own is meaningful to me. I use ad blocker on my computer and ignore advertising in general (especially the ones that tell you you are not a complete person until you buy your products.. HATE those!). I make all my own beauty products and I even make my own makeup. Lotion is addictive becasue it makes skin dry out faster (I swear!) and coconut oil works FAR better anyways.


    Sorry for the rant.

    Great post.

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      We're definitely not that minimal, although I admire your commitment to it. It's pretty amazing


      We're major geeks and we work in entertainment, so we're almost required to be aware of recent television shows, films, etc. We do enjoy them, so we keep the media consumption up, but we're much happier now that we've cut out the evil ads.


      Lotion makes your skin dry out faster, huh? Interesting. I'll have to run that by my wife. She can't live without hand lotion.

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        Coconut oil is da bomb as a skin moisturizer.


        I was out in the sun all day today with just CO, and DID NOT BURN. This is huge for me, as I loath everything about sunscreen....


        ETA: Oh, yeah. It's also an awesome massage oil :-D

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          Kuno, can I ask you more about using CO instead of sunscreen? Most particularly: is it greasy?


          I spend HOURS and HOURS in the desert sun all summer, working with horses...and it's dusty. If I use CO, will I turn into to coconutty mud slick?


          Back on topic: I agree about the advertising! No TV in my house, either, and almost nothing but NPR (no commercials) on the radio. I am SO TIRED of being told that stuff will make me happy. It won't.

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            On the rare occasion I watch TV these days, I find I have to mute it when the commercials come on. Commercials never used to bother me, but after going a long time with no TV, to me they've become this stream of non-stop frantic sound that really sets me on edge.

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              You lost me at no cable! LOL We have the "give us everything ya got" DirecTv subscription, but we DVR shows we like and zip through it sans commercials when we have time.


              I don't mind marketing. Some of it is actually entertaining. Just because someone is selling something doesn't mean I have to, or will be tempted, to buy. Granted, some ads are annoying or downright offensive...but such is life. There will always be things that I don't like. I consider them meditations *vbg*


              At the end of the day, we all kinda rely on marketing to some extent. Most of us work for companies who have products or services to sell. If no one buys, we have no jobs. If our CSA didn't advertise, I'd never have known about all our great local sources for food! So, I don't think all marketing or advertising is bad and I've personally never really found a need to try to avoid it.

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                Hmm, mentioned this on my journal last night.... I think adverts seem to be more and more patronising and right now they're driving me insane.

                At least in the UK our TV licence (130-ish a year) gives us the BBC and it's advert free programmes!


                But maybe I'm just cynical enough to see through things?

                Like, "shredded wheat" not only having the usual tenuous "healthy heart" blurb, but claiming to be the only cereal with just one ingredient. Um, what about porridge then?

                Cleaning products - always the mum slaving away incidentally.

                Antibacterials, cos one germ WILL KILL YOUR BABIES!! ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT LIVE IN LAVA!!!

                Air fresheners, cos we all need to inhale chemicals instead of, I dunno, opening a window?

                Baby foods/milk - that compare their powdered stuff with cow's milk, point out you'd need gallons of cow's milk to get enough iron, with the teeny print at the bottom of the screen saying "cow's milk is not a rich source of iron". All in the tone of voice that you'd use on the toddler, not the parent.


                *rant over*

                *blush*

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                  Ironic that you work in video games and hate advertising, also funny that you didn't mention the marketing of video games.

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                    It's not the lotion so much as the soaps and detergents that we use.


                    I'm a soap maker, I used to be addicted to body butter/lotion, would panic if I didn't have some with me at all times. Once I started using my handmade soap, I noticed a huge change in my skin, and the frequency in which I use lotions (as in, almost never).


                    Handmade soap can be substituted for shampoo, many of my male customers, when using it as a shampoo have noticed new growth and that their hair is growing in thicker (same for the women).


                    I make liquid soap, and I also use it as a laundry soap.


                    The cosmetics industry has us convinced that we need all these specialized creams and lotions for every body part.


                    Hand lotion, body lotion, body butter, night cream....ALL the same stuff. Same goes for shampoo, hand wash, body wash.....ingredients are essentially the same.


                    Body lotion/hand lotion etc, if its a commercialized product is mostly water. They go through the motions of adding butters, oils and glycerin, but for the most part they add them at such a small amount that they are not effective. And yes, they can be drying as they add alcohols and other chemicals. Not to mention the cheap fragrances they add are all alcohol based. They WANT you to have to go back to their products over and over again.


                    I could rant on the subject for a while.

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                    CW:220
                    Rough start due to major carb WD.

                    MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                    Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
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                      I make my own soaps, bath stuff, and laundry soap. Some times I give it away as gifts. One time a friend ASKED ME if I could make some for her, I agreed and next thing I knew I had more orders than I could handle and had to stop making for other people.


                      I find the more a company advertises shows how little their product has real demand. (When was the last time you saw an ad for cardboard or watermelon?)

                      ~ I don't talk to people with closed minds; they tend to harbor brain fungus. ~

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                        Okay, I'll be the nut here -


                        I don't mind advertising. Some of the things they use (extra loud volume, the stereotypes, etc) I don't like. But overall I don't mind ads. I kind of like them.


                        It's neat to break down why one ad is effective and another is not. Some are really cool and creative (Coke has lots of cool ads). In print ads it's fun to pour over them for what's been photoshopped. Comparing foreign ads to American ones. And sometimes the trailers are the best part of a movie.


                        Now I don't have network TV or cable TV (the one has no reception here and I'm not paying $50 a month for TV when there are videogames to buy). So I'm not quite as inundated with ads as I might otherwise be. Maybe that's why I don't mind.


                        I just have a hard time getting worked up over something that's been a nearly daily part of life for nearly 3000 years. (Roman copywriters could easily make the transition to modern times).


                        And thank you for coming here to "advert" our attention to your blog post.

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                          Willow Nyte.....as an aside, how much does the Dove advertising with their "soap scum" piss you off? I literally threw something at the TV the last time they premiered a new ad.

                          SW: 235
                          CW:220
                          Rough start due to major carb WD.

                          MWF: 1 hour run/walk, 1.5 hours in the gym - upper/lower and core
                          Sat/Sun=Yard/house work, chasing kids, playing
                          Family walk every night instead of everyone vegging in front of the TV
                          Personal trainer to build muscle mass & to help meet goals

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                            Oddly, I don't mind printed adverts, in magazines and so on. I can skip over those.

                            But I can't ignore being shouted at by "people" that seem to think I'm a complete moron!

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                              @elorajade My DH looked at me weird cause I ranted about the moisturizing benefits of naturally occurring glycerin and how detergents like Dove were jut stripping the natural oils so you had to buy their lotion... I get vehement about soap sometimes. *blushes*


                              @LX I don't mind ads, I just don't enjoy them.

                              ~ I don't talk to people with closed minds; they tend to harbor brain fungus. ~

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