Branding Shakespeare

Yesterday’s Scenes From a Multiverse, “A Message From Our Sponsors“, with Shakespearean brands:

Jon Rosenberg’s comment:

If product placement had been as popular in yesterday’s fiction as it is in today’s, what would it look like? Maybe a little like this. Maybe there would be more ads for hog jowls and wagon wheels. I’m not an expert, you know.

The allusions are to real products: Lysol disinfecting wipes, Ginsu knives (as seen on tv), Murphy’s oil soap, and McDonald’s meals (indicated by the Golden Arches symbol). Plus the mangled quotes from the Bard.

(The lines from Midsummer Night’s Dream — “Gentles, do not reprehend: / If you pardon we will mend” — are especially nice: comprehensible, but packed with syntactic features no longer found in current English.)

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