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Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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28 April, 2014

Chrysler Corp. Ad, "Imported from Detroit," and Iconic Realism (Click onto this title to view the ad.)

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"This is the Motor City, and this is what we do," states the singer, Eminem, in the Chrysler Corp. commercial aired for the first time during Super Bowl XLV.  In this commercial, a narrator defines luxury while the audience views a montage of iconic images of Detroit, Michigan, the "Motor City."

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where my father worked as a paint chemist for Chrysler, I must say that I was pretty proud of those images. Positive images juxtaposed with affirmative statements illustrate a contrary point of view to that which the current world media has presented of the Motor City. This use of iconic realism brings into focus the cultural reality of the U.S. automotive industry and the possibilities associated with innovation and perseverance in any community.

And what vehicle to I drive? Why, a Jeep Liberty, of course!


  1. Of course you do! I have logged many, many thousands of miles in Chrysler vehicles, and I've got no complaints. Sadly I had to trade in my beat-up old Cherokee for something with less miles and fewer mechanical problems. I would love to have been in a position to get a new Liberty, but I wasn't, so I'm driving the 2004 Aztek Dana's always blogging about. I loved the commercial.

  2. Mike, thank you for your comment here. Indeed, the U.S. has in the past and continues today to manufacture excellent cars. Yes, Detroit has its scars, but as long as Americans continue to love their cars, they should consider buying the ones that wheel their way off of the American assembly lines. Absolutely, the best commercial because it's the best product!