Judith Williamson. · Rating details · ratings · 5 reviews. How to read the hidden ideological messages in advertising, not merely to make us buy things. “The first function of an advertisement is to create a differentiation between one particular product and others in the same category” (Williamson). Judith Williamson’s ‘Decoding Advertisements’ is a classic look at the semiotics of advertising – about how adverts construct and promolgate.

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How one might say; since she wrote before him or in what way? Jan 19, ‘Izzat Radzi rated it really liked it Shelves: Carla Corbin rated juddith really liked it Dec 28, Rather, no matter how artificial something is, we stress its natural credentials, no matter how tenuous these might be.

Like Ways of Seeing or Gender Advertisements or Culture and the Ad — lots of this is really about literally decoding various advertisements. A decoxing, in strict Saussurian terms, is a word — but this is a very restrictive idea of a signifier, and today we consider many other non-linguistic ways of signifying.

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Thus we can produce by proxy, merely, since we buy the product, and it will then produce the magic result—beauty, juvith, safety, ect. Ideology and Meaning in Advertising by Judith Williamson. Ivon rated it really liked it Jan 28, In the picture the jetty actually encloses the car, protectively surrounding it with advertisemenrs in the middle of dangerous water: Judith Williamson is a flag on the fantastic semiotics black run. My daughter is going her PhD and for her honours thesis she looked at the differences between Japanese and Western presentations of food.

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But, a friend suggested Baudrillard’s The Consumer Society: Narrative and History discussion on history and the movement from past or to the future.

Decoding Advertisements: Ideology and Meaning in Advertising

A quick recap — there was a time when people would be fully involved in the process of producing things. Or maybe something contradictory but wliliamson in style is true — does the image suggest danger, when the tyres are meant to make you feel safe, so that really it is a bad advert. And an actual absence in an ad, as in a verbal puzzle like crossword clues always implies that something should be there, in other words that something is meant. The one thing we all know about ads is that they tell lies — so, how is it that we get fooled by these ads so consistently?

Decoding Advertisements

Terri rated it really liked it Oct 12, Page So the basic structure of ideas surrounding advertising is, in fact, that of dishonesty and exploitation. Raul rated it really liked it Fecoding 09, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So, I started this book about 6 weeks ago, got up to the longish discussion on Lacan, stopped for about three weeks, and then finished it in a rush over the weekend. Victor rated it it was ok Aug 31, You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Books by Judith Williamson. Lists with This Book. With Benjamin meanwhile, I got the sense while reading, that her deciding is an extension of Benjamin points on aura, surrealism or surrealist movement and latest; on history since just recently I finished Fire Alarm: Sam rated it did not like it Oct 18, The covert message of the advert is captured in the image The outside of the jetty resembles the outside of a tyre and the curve is suggestive of its shape: Page When these two meanings are elided the result is the paradox of desiring the inevitable—or to put it more mildly, wanting things to be how they already are.


Has loads of interesting insights to offer into the ways in which advertisements shape our thinking and personalities.

The point of capitalism is to bring the division of labour to its highest possible point. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Freud quotes Theodor Lipps on jokes: Introduces all the major psychological-formal techniques that abstractly underlie all advertisement and propaganda, very carefully crafted and used by the designers.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The point is that humans like to produce things — but the actual process of production is increasingly closed to us. Page …the image of magic in advertisements denies the fact that the product is produced, removing it from its real place in the world at the same time promising a product ailliamson the product.

The first is the question of ideology and how it shapes how we understand the world and our place within the world. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Mark Hawker rated it really liked it Dec 03, The covert message of the advert is captured in the image. Page It is the images we see in ads which give them significance, which williiamson their significance to the product.