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Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:44:28 am »
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/downton-abbey-fans-outraged-at-kindle-sponsorship-adverts-9748268.html

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Downton Abbey’s fifth series started tonight - and ran straight into Twitter controversy over sponsorship clips for the Kindle.

The “bumper ads” for the Amazon eReader look like they feature behind-the-scenes clips of the production of the show, with people in twenties garb on locations similar to the drama secretly using their Kindles hidden behind scripts and newspapers.

People watching at home say it spoils the mood - you go out from a dramatic scene to a commercial break with a sudden reminder that this is just a TV programme.

Oh my gosh, the actors I watch on a 21st century piece of technology and read about on other extremely advanced pieces of technology are acting like actual people and using said technology?  DISILLUSIONMENT ABOUNDS!!!!1

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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 08:53:06 am »
Do...do they just expect the actors to go around communicating with cans and varying lengths of string?
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 09:06:57 am »
It is a show set in the Middle Ages.
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 10:19:31 am »
So this particular ad is the problem? What other ads are there that DO NOT break immersion for them?

Are all the other adverts for 1920's products and technology?
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 10:26:15 am »
So this particular ad is the problem? What other ads are there that DO NOT break immersion for them?

Are all the other adverts for 1920's products and technology?

I think the problem is the context.  The ads show actors filming a period drama and sneakily reading Kindles on their breaks.

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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2014, 10:46:16 am »
Do...do they just expect the actors to go around communicating with cans and varying lengths of string?

I don't think the technology is the problem. Rather, it's that they show "behind the scenes" stuff right after the show goes to a break.

Mind you, I still can't imagine I'd care.
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 11:16:02 am »
It is a show set in the Middle Ages.
The early 20th century is the middle ages now?


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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2014, 01:40:52 pm »
It is a show set in the Middle Ages.
The early 20th century is the middle ages now?
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2014, 01:41:33 pm »
Do...do they just expect the actors to go around communicating with cans and varying lengths of string?

I don't think the technology is the problem. Rather, it's that they show "behind the scenes" stuff right after the show goes to a break.

Mind you, I still can't imagine I'd care.
I would think that it is a clever ad.
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Re: Downton Abbey fans cry foul over Kindle sponsorship
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2014, 05:23:52 pm »
My bad, I confused Downton Abbey with some other show involving a medieval abbey. I don't watch TV, remember?
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