This picture is the result of my efforts to convey a subliminal message. Although it may not be very clear, I drew the words ‘ugly’ and ‘hate’ within the earrings, lettering, and even in the lips and eyeball.
And this is a very imperfect wallpaper-like thing I made following a very easy and quick Photoshop tutorial. Smoking motifs are simple in design, so I thought they would suit this particular style.
So what are subliminal stimuli or messages exactly? Basically, subliminal stimuli are sensory stimuli that are below the threshold of conscious perception, which are detected by the subconscious. Therefore, technically, the pictures I made don’t really have subliminal messages in them, but why quibble?
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of subliminal messages. Exactly how much can subliminal messages affect the subconscious? It seems unbelievable.
When I first read about subliminal stimuli, I immediately envisaged totalitarian governments enslaving entire populations with mind control. However, according to researchers, subliminal stimuli can trigger an action only if the person already has the intention of performing the specific action. Its far from my apocalyptic visions of mindless slaves, but I can still imagine how subliminal messages could effect mind control. The implications are thought-provoking and perhaps a bit alarming, at least in my dystopian future obsessed mind.
I’d love to know what you think! What do subliminal messages make you imagine? Do subliminal stimuli and their effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) make you fear for a future of mind-numbing advertising? Although, according to this article, subliminal messages in advertising are largely ineffective.