I was leafing through the Feb. Bon Appetit — the magazine’s first “green” issue; more on that in a future “Edible Media” post — when I came upon an ad for something called the Chrysler Town & Country.
It shows a white suburban family standing in front of their SUV and McPalace, glowing and looking happy. Dad’s holding a football; 2.5 or so grinning brats are tossing around a basketball. You know: sports utility vehicle.
All of that is de rigueur — the bread and butter of glossy magazines. I can handle it.
But then this prose confronted me:
Entertainment to go
Swivel ‘n Go seating allows the kids to play games, get a jump on homework, or have a meal in comfort.
Oh, dear. But it wasn’t over.
A satellite TV system SIRIUS backseat TV, streams video Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network to two [not one!!!!!!] independent DVD screens.
Something called the MyGIG Multimedia Entertainment System also figures into this rolling barrel of laughs.
This might mean something to something to some Grist readers: the models pictured are actually a “real” family — “prime-time celebs Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek [whose grin, for what it’s worth, is bone-chilling] and their three kids.”
I find myself stymied by this spectacle. What can it mean?