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By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Codebreaking

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Call this market category code: Clarified Reality.

Definition: In skin-cleaning and domestic laundry/cleaning categories, Clear Reality coding emphasizes the idea that there are two realities: dirty/blurry and clean/clear. Tone is forceful, scientific, moralistic. Visual cues: shiny, new, clean reality emerging from beneath dirty and old one; scientific diagrams, medical color scheme.

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Notes on this code: The idea is that the dirty/blurred reality isn’t the real reality, that achieving clarity is a moral imperative, and that you [always a woman, according to my research thus far] require the aid of a powerful reality-clarifying product created by medical/scientific experts.

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Joshua Glenn is an author, publisher, and semiotic analyst. He is co-author (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) of THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and co-author (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) of the family activities guide UNBORED and three forthcoming spinoffs, including UNBORED Games. He is editor of HILOBROW and publisher of the Radium Age science fiction imprint HiLoBooks. Also: Glenn manages a secretive online community known as the Hermenautic Circle; he is founding editor of the e-book club Save the Adventure; and he's a frequent co-host of Boing Boing's podcast GWEEK. In the ’00s, Glenn was an editor, columnist, and blogger for the Boston Globe's IDEAS section, he co-founded the international semiotics website SEMIONAUT, and contributed to CABINET, SLATE, and elsewhere. In the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT, worked as a dotcom and magazine editor, and contributed to THE BAFFLER, FEED, and elsewhere. His publishing company is King Mixer, LLC; and his semiotic analysis consultancy is Semiovox LLC. He lives in Boston with his wife and children.