Welcome to the TravelPod forums
This is the place where TravelPod bloggers exchange travel tips with each other. Have a question? Ask one of our Local Experts by clicking "new topic" in any category.

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Thai TV ads, What is your favourite?
Paul
post Jun 7 2008, 08:37 AM
Post #1


Navigator
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1321
Joined: 9-November 04
From: Thailand
Member No.: 98
Nominate me as a Local Expert



Have any of you seen much Thai TV? How about the ads?

Describe if you can your favourite.



I must admit I don't like TV much and don't watch it much. But we had a couple cutting our grass today and they had their 4 year old niece with them and she asked to watch the TV, so we put it on.

There was a great government commercial (I reckon mostly the government ones are the best).

It showed a passenger bus facing up a steep slope. The bus was stationary and behind the bus was one man straining to push the bus and keep it from falling backwards, perhaps to its destruction. He was working so hard to save that bus.

Then the film showed inside the bus. It was full of passengers who were ignoring the plight of the bus and the efforts of the man outside to save them. They sat sleeping, reading books, listening to music, gossiping to their friends. The driver sat with his legs up relaxing and taking it easy.

Eventually the man outside collapsed of exhaustion and the bus started to plummet down the steep slope.

Again it cut to inside the bus. The people now were arguing with each other and fighting and yelling at the bus driver. Panicking.

None were doing anything of use, such as applying the brake or starting the engine. Instead they were just bickering and fighting.

The end.


Hmmm, a great analogy for Thai society perhaps. Actually the world perhaps. Very interesting and very well made.

Life is pretty comfortable now for many. But...

User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jun 9 2008, 09:26 AM
Post #2


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




That's interesting. What was the government's intended message?


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Paul
post Jun 10 2008, 12:07 AM
Post #3


Navigator
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1321
Joined: 9-November 04
From: Thailand
Member No.: 98
Nominate me as a Local Expert



That is up to each viewer to figure out for themselves.

But they are trying to promote a better more united country.
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jun 10 2008, 09:33 AM
Post #4


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




Is there a lot of racism/classism there?


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Paul
post Jun 10 2008, 10:47 PM
Post #5


Navigator
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1321
Joined: 9-November 04
From: Thailand
Member No.: 98
Nominate me as a Local Expert



I would probably have to write a book to try to answer that fully and including all the nuances of thought here.

But the simple answer is: no, not a lot of racism here.

Why do you ask? The ad certainly wasn't about racism.


Some more thoughts on your question:

Racism in the form of the violent neo Nazi/KKK/Skin head type way - that doesn't exist here at all.

Racism in the quiet thinking to yourself "my background makes me a better person than you" or "your ethnic group isn't as advanced or clean or nice, as mine" = that sort of stuff does exist to some extent.

Also the sort of prejudice that allows people to think that their nation is somehow inherently better than some of the neighbouring countries - that does exist here. A sort of jingoism. Ha ha, perhaps I am guilty of it at times.

But, overall, especially when comparing to other places I have been - prejudices aren't too strong here and aren't a major problem. There is room for Thailand to improve and be a more tolerant and compassionate society - but it is doing OK.

In fact I think a lot of people that have travelled to Thailand will agree that the people are on the whole, a welcoming, friendly and very accepting group. They seem to have a tendency (and this is encouraged by the structure of Thai language) to see others as not only other people but as members of the family.



User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jun 11 2008, 09:14 AM
Post #6


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




I ask because the ad is supposed to get people to stop fighting amongst themselves, and in Canada, this is usually along cultural lines, so I was wondering if it had anything to do with multiculturalism.


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
curt1591
post Jun 11 2008, 08:18 PM
Post #7


Explorer
***

Group: Members
Posts: 105
Joined: 30-June 07
From: Taopun, Bangkok, Thailand
Member No.: 65820
Nominate me as a Local Expert



Many official Thai government ads carry a "unity", "work together" message.

As far as racism goes, it's more an attitude, held mostly by the "Chinese" that happen to be Thai. Like Paul said, it's more an "I'm better" feeling, than any action.

There's also quite a lot of Thai nationalism, not really racism.


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jun 12 2008, 09:22 AM
Post #8


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




Well...yeah, I would call that racism. It's just a difference of semantics.


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Paul
post Jun 28 2008, 08:08 AM
Post #9


Navigator
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1321
Joined: 9-November 04
From: Thailand
Member No.: 98
Nominate me as a Local Expert



With the problems in Canada - is that due to a lack of multiculturalism or too much?

In Thailand there are well over 100 different ethnic groups - but mainly (not totally) there is no major issue between them.



Anyway. Ads

Some more good government ones:

There is one promoting not giving money to beggars at the moment. Good message. Everyone please take notice. As it is encouraging begging at the best and at the worst encouraging and causing slavery.


Then there was one that went like this (and I saw it without the sound, so can't tell you exactly what the message was).

A pregnant woman is waiting for a taxi. A big fat man comes up and also stands and waits for a taxi. He is as fat as she. They have polite conversation.

A taxi turns up. He opens the door.

Gets in and off he goes, leaving the pregnant woman still waiting.

Again, yet another message of togetherness and to do the right thing and help each other.

Funny and effective way to teach manners, as he was clearly so rude and doing something wrong.

hyper.gif



User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
thellie
post Jun 28 2008, 09:20 AM
Post #10


Pathfinder
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 401
Joined: 22-August 06
From: far far farang away, but home all the same...
Member No.: 13877
Nominate me as a Local Expert



i liked the one with a father and son playing with radio controlled cars in the living room... dad was hacking his round and round while the son was playing with little toy people...

...this goes on for a while, and i'm thinking it's all about an apple iphone, as the thing gets shown occasionally... then the iphone goes, dad talks on it, and low and behold, crashes the car into toy pedestrians, leaving son #1 well hacked off...

good message with no graphic images...


but then i also love the ma ma (sort of super noodles) adverts which are just a bit mad...
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Paul
post Jun 28 2008, 09:31 AM
Post #11


Navigator
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1321
Joined: 9-November 04
From: Thailand
Member No.: 98
Nominate me as a Local Expert



Tell us about it.

I haven't seen it.

I hardly ever watch TV. Maybe 5 minutes per month. We had it on recently to see the news about the demonstrations, and then the last couple of days we were staying in a hotel in Bangkok, so turned the TV for something to do. So I haven't actually seen many ads. But even with the little I have seen - better than the average Australian ad.

User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
thellie
post Jun 28 2008, 09:41 AM
Post #12


Pathfinder
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 401
Joined: 22-August 06
From: far far farang away, but home all the same...
Member No.: 13877
Nominate me as a Local Expert



haha, funnily enough i was just slagging off aussie tv this evening... i spent my time in oz during the (damn can't remember the name) off season when they put on absolute S*$#e...well, worse than normal anyway... mind you, it's on a par with thai tv, and both are only slightly worse than the british and american crap you get these days...

if a show even has a whiff of reality tv, then all involved should be taken somewhere and shot... slowly if that's possible... has anyone designed a smart bullet which slowly works it's way through the system...? i'm sure the cia, fbi, mi5, mi6 and the nkvd/kgb all monitor this site for possible future spying missions, so i reckon one of them can post a aye or nay to that one...

i'm a fan of thai movies though - they seem to have a good story behind them...
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
thellie
post Jun 28 2008, 09:43 AM
Post #13


Pathfinder
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 401
Joined: 22-August 06
From: far far farang away, but home all the same...
Member No.: 13877
Nominate me as a Local Expert



ha! i can say crap, but not S*$#e... can i say S*$#ehawk and not get censored...? (the non-fecal bird of prey...)
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
thellie
post Jun 28 2008, 09:43 AM
Post #14


Pathfinder
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 401
Joined: 22-August 06
From: far far farang away, but home all the same...
Member No.: 13877
Nominate me as a Local Expert



nope i can't....
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jul 2 2008, 09:20 AM
Post #15


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




Those are really interesting ads, I don't believe I've ever seen anything like that in Canada...


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
starlagurl
post Jul 3 2008, 08:12 AM
Post #16


Rolling Stone
********

Group: Local Expert
Posts: 14509
Joined: 5-November 07
From: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Member No.: 103914




What does that mean in English?


--------------------
User is offlinePM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic

 


- Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 23rd August 2014 - 09:12 AM
Top Hotel Destinations in Thailand

Ayutthaya Hotels
Bangkok Hotels
Cha-am Hotels
Chaweng Hotels
Chiang Mai Hotels
Chiang Rai Hotels
Chon Buri Hotels
Hat Yai Hotels
Hua Hin Hotels
Kanchanaburi Hotels
Kathu Hotels
Khao Lak Hotels
Khon Kaen Hotels
Ko Lanta Hotels
Ko Phangan Hotels
Ko Phi Phi Don Hotels
Ko Tao Hotels
Krabi Hotels
Lampang Hotels
Loei Hotels
Mae Hong Son Hotels
Nakorn Ratchasima Hotels
Nakorn Si Thammarat Hotels
Narathiwat Hotels
Nonthaburi Hotels
Pai Hotels
Patong Hotels
Pattaya Hotels
Phangnga Hotels
Phetchaburi Hotels
Phitsanulok Hotels
Rawai Hotels
Rayong Hotels
Songkhla Hotels
Sukhothai Hotels
Surat Thani Hotels
Tak Hotels
Trang Hotels
Trat Hotels
Udon Thani Hotels



Copyright © 1997 - 2011 TravelPod.com, a proud founder of travel blogs on the web. All Rights Reserved.