In a world where almost everything is digital, even medicine brands seek the help of social media and viral videos to sell. While some commercials tend to be funny, (i.e. Lesofat's "tinatago ang taba?" campaign) there are commercials that goes way overboard in portraying pain. I often feel squeamish when I see blood, or anything that's being exaggerated when it comes to pain. So when I was browsing Ms. Janette's post about Dynamics of Medicine Promotion Online and Offline, I got more interested in the effects of social media to these brands - that should only help relieve pain, and not encourage it instead.
With so many brands today, I noticed that one of the most active medicines in social media is Medicol. If you would LIKE their Facebook Page, you would see that they even held a "What's Your Headache Pose" contest. The campaign was successful primarily because almost everyone experiences pain or headache. And while some of their posts are funny, I noticed one wall post that says, "would you rather bang your head here or take Medicol?". And by that post, I find it rather off, that they're giving these kind of suggestions to people.
Take Saridon's case for example. The ad below is meaning to be funny, but if without proper guidance, children who gets to watch the TVC might think its okay to pound someone's head with a hammer and a nail.
Another video is this man's "stamping" in the head. They may be depicting physical pain, but we should know better to regulate these kinds of violence if shown in primetime or when kids are watching TV. But then again, its the parent's responsibility to explain that these scenarios are merely representation and should not be mimicked.
Then I remembered the commercial above, featuring the Gutierrez brothers and their Mom. It may not portray violence, but the manner of the ad shows taunting and screaming. Yes, its funny to see Ms. Anabelle Rama screaming her lungs out, but they could have done it in another way, or ended it with how family members should treat each other.
I agree with Ms. Janette that we should seek the government's help in regulating ads like these. Its not enough that they have disclaimers because some people may overlook a 10 second to one minute ad. It goes as same to social media, because almost everything and everyone is in the Internet. If we are to research the medicines to take, it still would be best to consult a physician than what we read from the web because they know what's best for your health and they have practiced it for years.
How about you? What are the videos that you find rather exaggerated and needs regulating?