The Cracked podcast is brought to you by the editors of a comedy magazine I read as a kid in the eighties. Kinda like a lesser version of MAD magazine. That was many, many years ago and CRACKED has gone on to be one of the humorous and satirical websites floating out there on the web. There is a gem in all that click-bait and that is their podcast. The podcast is a an outgrowth of the discussions that surround the articles on the website and can be illuminating and entertaining.
This episode brought to you by hosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim, investigates the psychology that marketers use to get you to buy products. Examples like how the colour red makes people feel excited, to blue which calms mothers and promotes sleepiness. Guest Jason Pargin talks about his book Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits about marketing manipulation techniques. There are some rules that are open secrets such as women always hiding wedding rings in magazines that I never noticed until pointed out by this episode.
Cracked podcast has evolved above it’s source material. There is an effort to peel the layers of any given subject especially those seen as subversive to the whole. Debunking and examining pop culture norms is their specialty and is often educational and rewarding. I am a big fan of this podcast and find it especially good for the drive to pick up my son at 11 pm from his McDonald’s job located 25 minutes away. So that when I get there I am in a good mood.