Subliminal messages are in everyday images. Products, such as soda, cigarettes, movies and television shows use subliminal messages. There are even subliminal messages in songs. Certain songs, when played backwards, can reveal hidden messages and sayings. One famous subliminal message was found in Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. Other songs by The Beatles, Brittney Spears and Queen also contain subliminal messages. They can often be difficult to understand, which arises for controversy. Subliminal messages in pictures, however, can often be blatant, that the need for debate is unnecessary. Many of these messages pertain to sex or sexual novalties. Even Disney has used sexual subliminal messages. Known messages can be seen in their movies, such as , The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Subliminal messages do not always endorse sex, yet rather try to keep a logo embedded into the viewer's mind. Many companies will have their products featured in movies, such as a FedEx truck passing by, or an Apple computer being used. By doing this, a potential consumer could be created. Subliminal messaging originated in 1957, in Vance Packard's book, The Hidden Persuaders. This genre of messaging was used to induce the consumer market, post war (Snopes, 2007). They were meant to play on an audience's guilt, hope, fear and sexuality, in order to cause one to buy products that they did not necessarily need (Snopes, 2007). Subliminal messaging is a widely used and effective technique for marketers, however, its ethics in doing so rises for debate. Here a few websites that show images of subliminal messages.
Snopes. (January 25, 2007). Subliminal advertising. Retrieved from http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/popcorn.asp