July 13, 2005 1:08 PM Subscribe
Has anyone written some sort of scholarly critique or observations about infomercials and their bizarre and sort of addictive appeal?
posted by Slimemonster to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There's this infomercial that airs all the time (in Seattle at least) about the "Magic Bullet" which as far as I can tell is a glorified blender. I have no intention of buying this machine, but everytime the informercial is on, I feel an odd compulsion to watch it all the way through, smiling and kind of getting into the demonstration of the product. What is that? have there been studies about the appeal of informercials and their infiltration into pop culture (I'm sure most TV watchers know that RonCo guy or "set it and forget it").