By Cory Doctorow at 9:22 am Mon, Nov 21, 2011
Goodness, but this is an odd ad, with weird harmonics of penile insufficiency -- is that cigar just a cigar? -- and the odd, anachronistic boast that a piece of "portable" electronics weighs a mere six pounds.
10 Ad Goodness Time!
Size isn’t everything. Hesh Rabkin (I think that’s Jerry Adler) looks pretty content.
“odd, anachronistic boast” that a tv weighs 6 lbs? Really? There was a time when this was a “boast.” Ignorance of cultural history doesn’t look good on you, Boing Boing.
“Climb upon my knee, Sony boy” is a darn good line, though.
My recent-model laptop weighs over five pounds. Not everyone’s moved onto toys that value thickness and weight above all else.
Small hands, small screen.
Sometimes a TV is just a TV.
Walter Cronkite never looked better back in those days on that Sony tv.
Did I stumble into the junior-high version of Boing Boing?
Agreed. Where (and more importantly, WHY) are you seeing penises?
All I see is a guy with a pet TV; looking up at his obediently and lovingly, like a puppy. For its time period, I think it’s a great ad.
Yeah! I mean, c’mon, can’t a guy just gaze down admiringly at his 4-inch pee wee without people cracking jokes?
All I see is a guy with a pet TV; looking up at his obediently and lovingly, like a puppy.
A wiener dog, to be specific.
I SEE WUT U DID THER. HURR HURR
my brother had one, and while it sucked at times, I do recall watching taxi drivers watch hockey games on them. fact.
let me reduce the time frame, 1996, I saw a 2″x2″ Realplayer and dragged it across my screen on a giant 3D monitor while it was still playing (!) and I was converted instantly to the internets AND online video. the overriding criticism at the time was “who the hell wants to watch small video?”
i’d say from the success of the iPhone, that flopped back the other way due to tech advances in all related areas
also, a close look at the cigar and it indeed is penis like in many ways, and about 4 inches, as the ad promotes, a Pee Wee
I’m more concerned about his herniated navel.
Goodness, but you’ve made a mountain out of a molehill.
Cory, you’re obsessed. :D
Forget the cigar. That antenna sure is happy to see you.
I gotta have it!
I grew up with one of these, now my tv is a bit bigger.
The “odd, anachronistic boast”? You do know that this is not a modern ad, right?
Seriously. Why the constant juvenile ridicule aimed at advertising of yesteryear?
I’ve always loathed humor that relies on ignorance to be “funny”.
Geez, some people just need to lighten up. This isn’t really a “old-timey folks sure were stupid” kind of post, it’s more like a “this ad looks kind of funny in a modern context, especially if you throw in some juvenile humor” kind of post.
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