Peter Robbins - UFO and Alien-Related Imagery in Advertising
Paralleling the past few decades of unidentified flying object reports, incidents and alien abduction accounts, UFOs and aliens have had a hand in selling us and our children everything from breakfast cereal to computers. Is this simply a matter of the advertising industries taking advantage of imagery already ingrained in popular culture to sell us more goods and services, or is something deeper and more methodical at work here?
Both, as it turns out. This talk aims to familiarize you with some so the specifics, such as what do commercials tell us about aliens, extraterrestrials and UFOs? Is this information presented in an overt or covert manner? Which companies and corporations are using such themes in their advertising? Do such ads contain references to crashed hardware and abductions? Does there seem to be an organized effort to use such themes to increase the public’s acceptance of an alien presence on Earth? Can such ads help us to understand the nature of the phenomenon? Can they be used to help condition the public to some official point of view? What products and marketing segments are the most widely used?