Sooo... it's NOT the weekend, but I just went to a great lecture today called "Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women," and though it was expanded to advertising truth in general, it was still amazing. The speaker, Jean Kilbourne, was just... she was witty, engaging, and overall, quite knowledgable it seems. If anyone's interested, her website is here.
The subject line basically references something she said referring to one of the newest marketing ploy where companies are trying to PAY new parents to name their child after their company or product as living advertisement.
But really, she gave such an interesting take and exploration into the history of advertising, particularly with a focus on tobacco, alcohol, medicines, and body image, and really, there are some instances where you don't really notice how photoshopped someone is until you look at the original pic. And just, in general, it was enlightening and entertaining, and it really reminds you to remain conscious, because even when you think that you don't pay attention to the ads, they stick to your subconscious.
Particularly intersting were the "ads" that journals give to companies basically offering their audience as the bait in order to draw support.
(I'm jumping off walls at the moment from a cup of hot mint chocolate, so this isn't as organized as it might have possibly been XD.)