Is It an Ad?
Andy: Behold, the holy grail of sneakers lies before you… the TopDog 360s.
Juanita: It's just a pair of shoes.
Andy: Just a pair of shoes? These shoes are works of art!—hand-stitched from fine Italian canvas! They're the only kicks I'll wear!
Juanita: The only "kicks you'll wear"? Wow… you're starting to sound exactly like, what's his face on the radio… He's always promoting those shoes. You're so gullible.
Andy: One, his name isn't "what's his face." It's T-Bone. Two, T-Bone is awesome, and I think he knows a little bit more about shoes than you do.
Juanita: Just because "T-Bone" is on the radio doesn't mean he's a shoe expert. I think the shoe company is totally paying him to talk about the 360s. Seriously, who talks so much about their shoes?
Andy: Maybe he just wants other people to experience the pure bliss that his feet enjoy every day!
Juanita: Ugh. Celebrities get paid to endorse stuff—that's how it works! Listen—I have a clip of today's show right here on my phone. It's obvious he's advertising.
Andy: I think we need another opinion. Hey—do you have a second? Listen to this clip and tell us if you think it's an ad or not.
T-Bone: Rise and shine, boys and girls. Wipe the gunk out of your eyes. Time to wakey, wakey eggs and bakey! This is T-Bone bringing you three hundred and sixty degrees of morning madness! I might be a little scrambled, but it sure beats being poached or fried. The first thing I do every morning, even before I brush my beautiful teeth, is slide into my TopDog 360s. That's right, my feet never hit the ground unless they're surrounded by the fine Italian canvas. Pure bliss, man! TopDog for the T-Bone. They're the only kicks I'll wear. After all, I'm the TopDog of radio.
Juanita: Ugh. That guy is so annoying. I'm deleting this from my phone…
Andy: I still think he just likes the shoes… anyway I don't care whether he really does or not. I still want a pair of TD 360s.
Juanita: Well if you like them, that's fine… But I still think T-Bone "scrambled" your perception.