Just What We Needed

This is going to end well:

A UK technology company is inserting customised product placement into films and TV shows – even those that were originally released decades ago.
London-based firm Mirriad inserts products or signage, like a branded beer bottle on a table to a clothing advert on a giant billboard, into streaming content.

I know what you’re thinking.  But:

The company used its experience to make inserted ads look as realistic as possible – so viewers would never know they weren’t present in the original shoot.

Uh huh.  I can see it now:

Not to mention:


And even in our favorite classics, like The Devil In Miss Jones :

Is nothing sacred anymore?


  1. Did they learn nothing from the colorizing contretemps from thirty years ago?
    We have commercials on free broadcast TV, on Cable TV, on Youtube, and now on old movies where no commercials appeared before. What’s next? Embedded advertising in road signs? “get yourself some DANGEROUS CURVES with our foundation garments.” “STOP Dandruff with Flake-off.”

    And couldn’t Timex be a product placement in the last example, too?

  2. If they can do that, they can also put “evidence” into police video of property searches where none existed.

    And that’s no doubt the real purpose of such technology.

    Deep fakes

    1. Long ago, one of the characters in John Ross’s novel of dystopia repaired, “Unintended Consequences” did just that, but using the technology of the time.

        1. Yes. A removal of disfavored comrades at a remove from the Stairs of the Lubyanka, or disappearance into the maw of the Gulag. At least until they feel they’re powerful enough to dispose* of the middleman.

          *For some values of “dispose.”

  3. You’re learning JW. Good.
    Over 30 years ago I saw a picture of a claw foot chair with a cue ball or a pool ball rolling past the chair and one of the claws was reaching out to grab the ball !
    Impressive for the time. At that point, NO ONE could ever again TRUST pictures of
    anything as proof or evidence – period.
    Long ago I received this piece of advice –
    Don’t believe ANYTHING you hear and only about half of what you see !!

    1. He didn’t say “About”.
      That was my dad’s philosophy for viewing the TV news.

  4. Those aren’t BMWs. Now if they had done motorcycles with sidecars and MGs, that would work.

    1. Oh Richard… that’s known as “guerrilla marketing”. Yes, the cars are Mercedes.

      But the Heinkel He111 was powered by BMW aero engines…

      1. Yup. The blue and white thing in the middle of their logo is the representation of a spinning propeller.

        The three arms of the Mercedes star represent land, sea, and air. Thought that you’d like to know that.

        1. And I’d just like to interject here how many Leftists like to drive the car brand that was favored by this Hitler chap with whom they keep comparing everyone else (while they crib furiously from his notes).

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