The Super Nintendo Was My Gateway Drug to Consumerism

With the SNES Classic out this week, we asked an expert why the ads of the original console were so effective on us.

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Wow, I guess I never really thought about how the US SNES looked. But… that does not look cute. Look at what you could have won.

The American Medical Association puts it at age eight before kids really understand the intent of what the advertiser is trying to do.

this wording is really vague to me and I’d love to know more specifically how kids process that sort of information. it makes me think about how i see even my own friends on twitter falling for the Arby’s or Denny’s tweets still. advertising has changed so much so recently (and has become so much more insidious) that i would love to see more info on how modern viral/social marketing affects kids.

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