February 20, 2014 - Onslaught
The above campaign was released back in 2007 but it still sends an accurate message about our toxic culture and media and of the cleverness and manipulative nature of advertising. But let’s not be fooled …..this beauty product company’s ultimate agenda is to sell more beauty products to us from the exposure this campaign gave them -and the feel good it gives viewers. And yes, by posting this, I’m giving them more exposure but hopefully also prompting some critical thinking to combat that.
More about this company’s clever sell previously featured on Black Dog here. Bra Wars is worth a revisit on this topic as is Hanky Panky. Follow the signs. Pleasa Sava Mona And No Idea. Strange Motivation is a funny but true clip (featuring a Hippo) which reflects the blow to our self esteem and body image from constantly comparing ourselves to others – and the perfect people in the ads.
Pass it on to all the critical thinkers you know…..
February 18, 2014 - Butt Out
Click on the typewriter for Clunk & Jam note to print and stick somewhere ….. and pass this post on…..
Check out a fish tale previously posted here. And a squirrel story from Meg and Jack White’s elephant album here. If you’re intrigued by the life and creativity of Jack White, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) or The Edge (U2) there’s a great doco out tracing their individual journeys and finally bringing them together for a jam session. It’s called, ‘It might get loud’.
(Click on typewriter for Clunk & Jam note to print).
To get to a point where you can seek answers to the big questions from within yourself, and trust in that direction, is the ultimate state of liberation. A large degree of credit must go to the Army of Ink troops who arrive on my page and continue to be the major guide and source of wisdom and strength in my life, and the lives of others as they venture out into the world through Black Dog.
I thank those who’ve kindly sponsored the gifting of books to children and young people in the community this year and everyone who has supported Black Dog in a variety of ways. Leave you with a poem I wrote called, ‘The Crossing’, which reflects on the personal progress we make and the importance of acknowledging it. And a previous post called, ‘Roar’.
See you back in 2014 for more Ink. Pass trooper #93 on – and may we all strive to be the masters of our ‘self’…. Here’s a final salute to the Army of Ink for 2013 here.
JB and Black Dog
PS: I’ll be back after a snooze about mid January … with the Clunk & Jam notes I’ve neglected to add to the last few months of posts then too.
Following on from ‘PG Porn Guaranteed’, this controversial video sees Lily poking fun at our sexed up world – and if your kids are watching music video shows on telly, it’s guaranteed they’ll be getting some screwed up messages about sex. Could be a good opportunity to open up the revised ‘birds and bees’ talk and talk about porn? After all, it’s going to be around (like it or not) and they need to be skilled up on being able to think critically about it, be aware of the implications – and challenge it. See previous post about ‘world proofing our children’ in ‘Must Watch’.
I was listening to some young people talk about their experience of self harm (and recovery) on the ABC. They were brave and honest and one girl’s honesty revealed that sometimes she cut so that she had a photo to put on her Facebook. We should (as this young woman is now advocating), be supporting and encouraging recovery from this horrible pain battle and the great shame felt by those who don’t share or wear it publicly but hurt secretly - and wish they could stop. PLEASE DON’T POST PICTURES OF SELF HARM.
I met a man some years ago who specialises in suicide prevention and recovery from self injury – Professor Graham Martin. He recently sent me a link to his website which has freely available resources for both those struggling with self-harm and friends and family/community members supporting them – or wanting to understand more. To go direct to a PDF Guide (from Graham’s website) for young people on ‘Solutions for Self-Injury’ click here. A Guide for Parents here. See story of meeting Graham and the mending focus it initiated on Black Dog here. And a haiku poem he wrote for Black Dog …
Please pass it on, you never know who’s hurting out there…..
Art, ‘The Daughters of Edward Darley Bait’ by John Singer srgent, 1882 (original in colour). Source: Laphams Quarterly, Winter 2012.