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Old 27-05-2011, 22:24
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Has anyone else noticed random subliminal messages pop up really quickly just as a programme is going into an ad break? My hubbie and i have noticed this on E4 and Comedy Central.

It's definitely not something we are imagining as we've paused the tv and read the messages (and to my knowledge we're not drunk or hallucinating ).

If you've seen this do you know what it's all about?

Thanks.
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:25
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If you've paused and read them, why didn't you document it with some photographic proof and post the pictures? Or at least quote them as best you can remember? Or give any indication as to what they were trying to say?

[ ] Happened
[X] Didn't Happened
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:36
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Thought they were illegal ?
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:41
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Are you sure it was advertising? And not just a flash frame at the end of a programme? (Sometimes additional logos will be added to the end of programmes but the EOM will be before that, but still may have a frame or 2 left over)
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:44
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If you've paused and read them, why didn't you document it with some photographic proof and post the pictures? Or at least quote them as best you can remember? Or give any indication as to what they were trying to say?

[ ] Happened
[X] Didn't Happened
The last part of the one we saw tonight was going on about getting other people to go out in disguise as yourself and raising an army whilst you sat at home eating a large sandwich. It was followed by the words "now that's job satisfaction" - very strange.

I'm sure if i was some kind of conspiracy theorist geek i would have documented it but it doesnt bother me that much, just wanted to see if we were the only ones. If i realised that i was going to get such a rude reply i wouldn't have bothered.
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:48
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Are you sure it was advertising? And not just a flash frame at the end of a programme? (Sometimes additional logos will be added to the end of programmes but the EOM will be before that, but still may have a frame or 2 left over)
It wasn't advertising anything, it just flashed on for a second before the adverts started. We thought that it was one of the weird things E4 do sometimes as that was the first channel we saw it on but then we saw it on comedy central tonight
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:51
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The last part of the one we saw tonight was going on about getting other people to go out in disguise as yourself and raising an army whilst you sat at home eating a large sandwich. It was followed by the words "now that's job satisfaction" - very strange.

I'm sure if i was some kind of conspiracy theorist geek i would have documented it but it doesnt bother me that much, just wanted to see if we were the only ones. If i realised that i was going to get such a rude reply i wouldn't have bothered.
Asking for proof is rude to you?

Doesn't matter anyway:
The near-consensus among research psychologists is that subliminal messages do not produce a powerful, enduring effect on behavior;[1] and that laboratory research reveals little effect beyond a subtle, fleeting effect on thinking
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:52
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Comedy central have frames full of a boatload of text that you are supposed to pause and read.

Edit: so yeah it did happen, they aren't that funny though
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:53
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I've seen these on Comedy Central. They're just breakbumpers though, and i've never bothered to pause and read them.
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Old 27-05-2011, 22:56
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I found this online - was sometime last week it happened.

Something that flashed on screen on tv just...?
this paragraph of text just flashed up on tv, it wasn't an advert because you can't read it or anything. I rewound it and paused to read it.
I've googled it and found nothing, and I'm just so curious as to what the hell it's about. I've typed out what it says:

"it's tough being a dictator these days. you've always got to keep up appearances, but which look do you go for? the billowing white kaftan with the fancy hat? what if the people revolt? difficult to escape in that costume, there;s always the military uniform with the beret and the medals you've awarded yourself for large scale murder; a bit camp though; one things for sure, any half decent dictator wears sunglasses or if youre really special get someone else to dress up as you for public outings then you can sit at home in your pants eating a massive sandwich now thats job satisfaction"

it wasn't a show, it was in the middle of the adverts on comedy central. but it was on for about a split second.
not exactly subliminal because you could see this wall of text, but yeah it wasn't advertising something.
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:02
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Asking for proof is rude to you?

Definitely didn't happen.
No, telling me it didn't happen so in turn making me out to be a liar is rude and arrogant.

It was a perfectly reasonable, polite question.

ElMarko - thank you, i didn't realise comedy central did that. I also didn't find it funny just strange and random being the reason i asked about it in the first place.
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:17
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I did notice it last week on comedy central and wondered what the heck it was ... i would have called it a wall of words but i dont know and im know expert either but mind you for channel 4 does "twist our words" and thats the only one I was familiar with ... wonder if any channels will follow suit ... nominated ALL MTV channels is next lol
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:29
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Not really OT but it's happened enough times not to be a coincidence that i find myself thinking about a film that I haven't seen for years and then there it is being shown a few weeks later.

I don't think this down to ESP , so are the tv co.s throwing some subliminal into their schedules ?
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:32
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The whole premise of subliminal messaging is that you don't see the messages.

And given their legality and lack of efficacy, why would anyone bother using them?
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:42
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The whole premise of subliminal messaging is that you don't see the messages.

And given their legality and lack of efficacy, why would anyone bother using them?
No idea but theres some shown for a couple of frames at the end of the big bang theory, theres no way you can read it without pausing it on a DVR.
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Old 27-05-2011, 23:52
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No idea but theres some shown for a couple of frames at the end of the big bang theory, theres no way you can read it without pausing it on a DVR.
You sure that isn't just the Chuck Lorre ending? All his shows have a final panel with a blog like message that only shows briefly as part of the credits roll.
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Old 28-05-2011, 00:53
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yeah they are at the end of every episode of it
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Old 28-05-2011, 03:33
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They've been going for ages on Comedy Central.

I saw a good one shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed ...

Well it had to happen eventually. Now it has. He's dead. Time to breathe a collective sigh of relief. Any happier? Well no. How could you be? We're no safer. They're still out there. Hiding in plain sight. A seething, angry army with photofit faces and identikit wardrobe, bonded by rage and a dogmatic belief what they are doing is right. We all see them on the news, wild eyes burning with the fire of a thousand suns as they rage into the abyss. They do not waver, they do not hesitate and they never, ever forget. And that's just the jocks in baseball caps and chinos screaming 'USA' on Fox News.


Those still needing proof () can find clips on YouTube.

Remember the channel name here. It's "Comedy Central". They're just trying to be comedic. There's no agenda here - just 'avin' a larf. Trying to get themselves noticed among a multitude of TV channels. Trying to get people talking about them, as we are here. That's all. And fair play - at least it gives people watching the channel live something interesting to read instead of having to watch the adverts.
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Old 28-05-2011, 04:24
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There not subliminal as they are clearly seen with the human eye. Subliminal messages are unseen and work by forcing the brain to work differently and to take aboard information without the persons knowledge in order to make that person do something. All these messages do is get people with PVRs to pause live tv to read them. There not selling anything just so called words of wisdom that are easily read and therefore not subliminal. They got the idea from a few sitcoms that did this every week Dharma and Greg started it.

If your worried about subliminal messages there are thousands about like the famous Harry Potter poster but these On Comedy Central and E4 are not subliminal messages.
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Old 28-05-2011, 10:33
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You sure that isn't just the Chuck Lorre ending? All his shows have a final panel with a blog like message that only shows briefly as part of the credits roll.
Yes, its something that is meant to be seen and paused just like the CC bit.

If it was truly subliminal, it would be for 1 frame only and wouldnt be noticed and theyd be in big trouble.
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Old 30-05-2011, 17:29
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Just paused and read one re the Apprentice. Not really funny or worth the effort to be honest.
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Old 30-05-2011, 17:34
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Are E4/CC actually making a mockery of having adverts? If you choose to pause and read these messages then you are missing the ads
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Old 30-05-2011, 17:44
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No, telling me it didn't happen so in turn making me out to be a liar is rude and arrogant.

It was a perfectly reasonable, polite question.

ElMarko - thank you, i didn't realise comedy central did that. I also didn't find it funny just strange and random being the reason i asked about it in the first place.
The poster is just tryingto be clever (and failing) by using something that got old years ago.
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Old 30-05-2011, 17:52
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Comedy Central are doing it to be clever. Chuck Lorre productions (on E4, for example) always have this at the end of their episodes as an inside joke - both here, and in the States, whatever channel they're on.
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Old 30-05-2011, 18:06
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Don't be silly.

They are not allowed to do anything like this by law.

If they are doing it then it should be reported to Ofcom, who will take action and I imagine either give the channels that do it a heavy fine, or possibly even shorten or revoke a licence to broadcast.

It's a simple as that really.
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