I am sure you go to many sites for news. I tend to go to those that I know lean one way politically or another, as I like my information garnished with a little feeling.
So on Monday, I cast a glance at the Huffington Post and happened upon the fact that some of its videos are now carrying Google Ads. I am beginning to suspect that these ads may have subliminal messages attached to them.
First, I watched a clip of the deep and decorous Elizabeth Hasselbeck defending Michelle Obama's wardrobe. (I do have my priorities straight, you know.)
The fine piece of drama was aggressively interrupted at the bottom of the screen by a Google ad suggesting that you really need to know the secrets of having your arteries cleared.
Now why, I thought, would heart disease be relevant for this very clip? Might it be some sort of comment on the tortured relationship with smoking enjoyed by our new President? As with most of my thoughts, I didn't take this one too seriously.
Then, like so many Americans, I thought I'd catch up with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. I desperately wanted to see The View's Joy Behar ruffling that perfect head carpet of his.
This truly moving piece of film again had a rude commercial visitor. The words beneath Gov. Blagojevich's manifestly innocent and cheeky face simply said: Bankruptcy is Stupid.
When I paused the video, the impact was stark.
Mr. Blagojevich allegedly made little secret of his desire to make some cash on certain tapes that seem to have caused him both fame and bother. So might those weasels at Google have put a bankruptcy ad beneath this film for a little extra--how might media planners put it?--engagement?
Were they suggesting that Mr. Blagojevich might go bankrupt? Or might they have been suggesting that he is perhaps not the brightest person in the world? Or, indeed, both?
Perhaps you, too, have noticed some strangely pointed Google ads invading your viewing. Perhaps we are entering an entirely new and brilliant era of truly subliminal advertising. How fun.