A very common cliché seen in corporate print material as well as websites is the use of stock photography; the subject matter of said photography is usually smiling business people of diverse ethnicities, selling you everything from internet and cell-phone service to pharmaceutical drugs. You’ve seen these people locked in eternal smile in dozens of advertisements on the subway, on tv, and in magazines. Maddox, of internet-trolling fame, gives use a not-so-insightful, yet rather humorous description of the semantic relationships these stock images have in relation to the text-content of advertisements.

Check it out here: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=stock_photos

Be warned: the site above is definitely not safe for work, uses rather vulgar language quite frequently, and should in no way ever be used as an academic resource.

-rgm

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