Coke Induced Reality (Ontology)

Coca-Cola Real Thing Replica Metal Sign

I believe that the shift from Coke-the real thing to Coke-make it real was a significant commentary on the shift in our culture from modernism to post-modernism. As the following press-release illustrates, a diverse cross-section of coca-cola consumers show that a post-modern definition of reality prevails.  It is not an external, objective, universal reality anymore folks!

Atlanta, January 14, 2005 – Coca-Cola is introducing a series of uplifting commercials that shows how the brand’s universal appeal is part of the real experiences that people live everyday.

“Make it Real,” the next evolution of the successful “Coca-Cola… Real” campaign, was developed through conversations with a diverse group of consumers about Coca-Cola and what it means to be real.

“People told us that by being part of real, optimistic experiences, Coca-Cola lifts their spirits in ways that go beyond refreshment,” said Randy Ransom, senior vice president, Coca-Cola Brand Business Unit, Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “The ‘Make it Real’ campaign shares the values of Coca-Cola with a contemporary audience through relatable moments and shows that drinking an ice cold Coca-Cola is the simplest way to ‘Make it Real.'”

It seems, however, that the reality of experience that Coke can give to the individual was not satosfying, or didn’t connect.  The present slogan that Coca-Cola is using is, “The Coke Side of Life.”  Now what does that say?


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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to Coke Induced Reality (Ontology)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I suppose this is just another way of people trying to get satisfaction from things that will never satisfy. By the way, just what does “the values of Coca-Cola” supposed to mean?

  2. I would think that the values of Coca-Cola are the values of big-business conglomerations.  I had heard that Coca-Cola or Pepsi helped prevent Mexico from getting clean water.  It must have been Pepsi because Coca-Cola ‘lifts the spirits in ways that go beyond refreshment’ and that would just leave me depressed.

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