I pay an extra fee to keep ads from popping up on this blogsite.
Yet I know that most people have a love/hate relationship with advertising. Music has been used to sell products for more than a century, since the first jingle was originated by the Washburn-Crosby Company of Minneapolis, the predecessor of General Mills, to popularize Wheaties breakfast cereal.
Since moving to Estrella Vista, I have escaped the commercialization of today’s culture, yet I realize that in a way, ads still help define today’s zeitgeist.
A couple days ago, I heard this segment on public radio, and was fascinated. It runs 8 minutes, and features Matthew Billy, the host of the “Between the Liner Notes” podcast, about the evolution of ad jingles. If you want to hear a more in-depth history of advertising jingles, you can go here for Billy’s May 9th podcast, which runs about 34 minutes.
This post would provide a perfect opportunity for me to include a bunch of YouTube videos of famous ads, but I don’t have the heart to do that to you. Anyway, there are few surprises out there, and you have already seen the ads countless times as a kid. Plus, if you’re motivated, they’re easy enough to find on your own.
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