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    Posted: 06 Nov 2013 at 9:22pm
Ok, I don't necessarily hate this commercial. I just don't get it. What is the deal with the look on James Earl Jones' face when the guy says "You and Greg are now friends"?

Is the girl in this scenario supposed to be his daughter and he doesn't want his daughter talking to boys? Umm, for one thing, he is waaaay to old to have a daughter that he would be that protective over when it comes to talking to boys. Am I missing something? 

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Who's the other guy? Is that Bill Murray?  I think its funny.
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^It's Malcolm McDowell of "A Clockwork Orange" fame.
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I don't get it.
 
 
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Pretty much reminds me of a rip-off of James Lipton's 'Inside The Actors Studio'
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James Earl Jones is all like "I don't get paid enough for this sh*t."
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Pretty much reminds me of a rip-off of James Lipton's 'Inside The Actors Studio'
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(now - for all the 'stuffed shirts' out there: for '5 PaWPoints', who can tell me what 'Socail Service' helped hone Lipton's skills with others?LOL
 
I think he was a pimp or something.  Maybe in France.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Pretty much reminds me of a rip-off of James Lipton's 'Inside The Actors Studio'
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(now - for all the 'stuffed shirts' out there: for '5 PaWPoints', who can tell me what 'Socail Service' helped hone Lipton's skills with others?LOL
 
I think he was a pimp or something.  Maybe in France.
 
 
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I don't care if I don't totally get it...it's James Earl Jones, folks! I love that guy!
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Pretty sure the other guy is Malcom McDowell.  For some reason I keep expecting Christopher Walken to show up, then they all pull guns out and start shooting....  LOL
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Originally posted by Puppydogpants Puppydogpants wrote:

Ok, I don't necessarily hate this commercial. I just don't get it. What is the deal with the look on James Earl Jones' face when the guy says "You and Greg are now friends"?


You heard wrong, mate and you're missing a lot. McDowell says "Greg has sent you a friend request" and Jones gives the look...he never says "You and Greg are now friends", and Jones is certainly not playing anyone's father.

The bit that they are acting out is "Jenna's Facebook page".  McDowell and Jones are essentially playing Facebook. When McDowell says "so and so sends you a friends request, it's a melodramatic "acting out" of Facebook's notification system(Facebook notifies you, albeit less enthusiastically when you get a friends request), so then Jones is playing "Jenna's facebook" by accepting the friends requests. Then "Greg" sends a friends request, and apparently, "Greg" is not someone Jenna likes.
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THANK YOU DKS for explaining that, because I was actually going to create a login simply to say exactly what you have already succeeded in explaining! Neither James Earl Jones, nor the other gentleman are acting as Jenna's dad, nor are they acting as "people" at all...they are acting as Facebook, and J.E.J.'s lack of a response, i.e., "the face" indicates that Jenna has not confirmed Greg as a friend...and judging by the look he gave in response to the request, nor does she intend to. Lol! Quite a simple, yet clever commercial IMO!
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^  I guess I'd have to be familiar with the ins and outs of Facebook to have gotten that.  I don't have Facebook nor do I plan on ever having such a thing, so it's lost on me.  Of course then, I wouldn't be their target for such a commercial.
 
The whole idea of accepting or not accepting people who want to be my "friend" seems really odd to me.  It smacks of high school cliques.
 
 
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I hate the whole "Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter" that corporations & network outlets constantly throw out there.  It almost sounds like they're promoting stalking.


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I've never been on Facebook and was completely baffled by this commercial. At first, I though they were just reciting an IM or text conversation.

Knowing what it's about, it still doesn't seem effective. What a waste of two fine actors.
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I prefer to remember THIS James Earl Jones! 

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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


The whole idea of accepting or not accepting people who want to be my "friend" seems really odd to me.  It smacks of high school cliques.


Has nothing to do with "high school cliques". It's not uncommon to get friends requests from total strangers-some of them are just trying to get as many "friends" as possible(no, I don't know why either), others are glorified spam, and some are totally random..one of my Aussie friends routinely gets friends requests from Turkey(often in Turkish), even though she's not of Turkish descent, has never been to Turkey, knows nobody from Turkey, and doesn't speak a word of Turkish, and she has no idea why. I got a friends request once from a dude in California, who was REALLY into skateboarding. I didn't know the guy, had never met him in my life, my interest in skateboarding is roughly equal to my interest in staring at the wall, and after looking at his page, he seemed to have no common interests with me. He watched different TV shows than me, listened to different music, wasn't into blades or firearms like I am...to this day I don't know how he wound up at my Facebook page much less why he wanted to add me as a friend.
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Thank you for explaining this ad. Because it totally went over my head.

However, I still think it makes no sense. 
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Originally posted by DKS DKS wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


The whole idea of accepting or not accepting people who want to be my "friend" seems really odd to me.  It smacks of high school cliques.


Has nothing to do with "high school cliques". It's not uncommon to get friends requests from total strangers-some of them are just trying to get as many "friends" as possible(no, I don't know why either), others are glorified spam, and some are totally random..one of my Aussie friends routinely gets friends requests from Turkey(often in Turkish), even though she's not of Turkish descent, has never been to Turkey, knows nobody from Turkey, and doesn't speak a word of Turkish, and she has no idea why. I got a friends request once from a dude in California, who was REALLY into skateboarding. I didn't know the guy, had never met him in my life, my interest in skateboarding is roughly equal to my interest in staring at the wall, and after looking at his page, he seemed to have no common interests with me. He watched different TV shows than me, listened to different music, wasn't into blades or firearms like I am...to this day I don't know how he wound up at my Facebook page much less why he wanted to add me as a friend.
 
I understand that a lot of Facebook "friends" are people that you don't even know.  But if you want to limit your "friends" to people you know, and then you start accepting or rejecting certain ones because they fall in or out of favor or because you just don't want them, it seems cliquish to me.  If someone from my past who I was never friends with, suddenly wanted to befriend me on Facebook, I'd have to actually decide to reject them or ignore them or "unfriend" them, or perhaps welcome them into my world.  Or they, me.  It seems a bit high-schoolish to me.
 
I have people in my past who I don't necessarily dislike, but who I just don't feel compelled to get back in touch with.  I'd rather just leave it at that than have to let them know I want no contact with them.
 
Social networking just reems rife with social problems to me.  Facebook just seems like a bucket of worms. 
 
 
 
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^I tend to agree with this. It kind of reminds me of the days of Myspace where people would "rank" their friends in order for everyone to see. It always ended with hurt feelings. "You like Joey better than me? Why is he before me on your top friends?" It doesn't get anymore Jr. High than that. At least Facebook doesn't have that feature (I don't think).
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Originally posted by Puppydogpants Puppydogpants wrote:

^I tend to agree with this. It kind of reminds me of the days of Myspace where people would "rank" their friends in order for everyone to see. It always ended with hurt feelings. "You like Joey better than me? Why is he before me on your top friends?" It doesn't get anymore Jr. High than that. At least Facebook doesn't have that feature (I don't think).
 
It's actually even played a big part in the possible dissolution of my brother's 18-year marriage (they're working on it).  Without getting into details, it involved old boyfriends and secret Facebook accounts.
 
 
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Originally posted by DKS DKS wrote:

The bit that they are acting out is "Jenna's Facebook page".  McDowell and Jones are essentially playing Facebook. When McDowell says "so and so sends you a friends request, it's a melodramatic "acting out" of Facebook's notification system(Facebook notifies you, albeit less enthusiastically when you get a friends request), so then Jones is playing "Jenna's facebook" by accepting the friends requests. Then "Greg" sends a friends request, and apparently, "Greg" is not someone Jenna likes.

"Yeah, Greg can stick that friend request." is what I got from it the first time I saw it, and I don't have Facebook, or get the appeal of it. I just see way too much of the drama and damage that gets caused by it. 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


I understand that a lot of Facebook "friends" are people that you don't even know.  But if you want to limit your "friends" to people you know, and then you start accepting or rejecting certain ones because they fall in or out of favor or because you just don't want them, it seems cliquish to me.

To me it seems no different than ignoring a phone call from a coworker/friend/family member that you don't feel like talking to, which adults have been doing as long as caller ID has existed.
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^  That's different.  With a phone call, there's always the possibility that you didn't answer their call because you weren't home (at least the caller can think that), so it's not such an obvious rejection.  With a Facebook account, it's not so likely that you never look at it---especially among younger users.
 
Also, while caller ID has been around awhile, phones with caller ID readout have not---or at least they haven't been the norm for that many years.
 
I'd say that a more realistic equivalence would be hanging right up on the person when you answer their call and realize who it is.  Unless it's a solicitor, most people wouldn't do that.  It's too uncivil.  I can't imagine some old acquaintance from high school calling me, and me hanging right up when I find out who it is.
 
I don't think Facebook is the end of the world; I just think it's created some new weird realm of social interaction for people to have to learn to navigate.  And that's created some weird new problems---for instance, married women "friending" old boyfriends.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

^  That's different.  With a phone call, there's always the possibility that you didn't answer their call because you weren't home (at least the caller can think that), so it's not such an obvious rejection.  With a Facebook account, it's not so likely that you never look at it---especially among younger users. 

I know a lot of people actually who use FB regularly but don't check their notifications nearly as often. So you can send them a friend request, or comment on their wall, or whatever, and they may not see it till a week later.
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