Code-X (4)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Codebreaking, Semiotics

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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 a Boston-based semiotic culture and brand analyst. He is editor/publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age science fiction imprint HILOBOOKS. In addition, Josh is co-author of several books, including (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) the family activities guides UNBORED, UNBORED GAMES, and the forthcoming UNBORED ADVENTURE. In the ’00s, Josh was an editor and columnist for the BOSTON GLOBE's IDEAS section; in the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT.