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Monday’s Quotes: Dexter ~ Part One

If you didn’t already know (or you were living under a rock) Dexter is an American television series, that first premiered in 2006. The series focuses on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department Homicide Unit. And he also happens to lead a secret life as a serial killer, who only kills murderers and bad people. The show is intriguing, and keeps you engaged for hours on end. In fact I’ve devoured the first five seasons in the last few weeks, and am now on the sixth season. Dexter has been airing for eight years now, with the eight season airing in June, later this year. I recommend you all go check out this show, if crime shows are your thing, and even if they aren’t.


So, for Monday Quotes, I have decided to pick some of my favourite quotes from the show and share them with you. It’s been difficult as it was hard to narrow it down, so I’m just bringing you my favs from the first two seasons!


Dexter Morgan [voiceover]: Hey, wanna play? Yes, I want to play. I really, really do.

Sergeant Doakes: You give me the f**king creeps, you know that Dexter?

Dexter Morgan: Yeah, I know, sorry about that.

Dexter Morgan: Harry and Dorris Morgan did a wonderful job raising me. But they’re both dead now. I didn’t kill them. Honest.

Lt. Maria Laguerta: So then he must have already had the head with him in the front seat. Huh, that’s weird. Why would he keep it there?

Dexter Morgan: I don’t know. So he could use a carpool lane?

Dexter Morgan: I can kill a man, dismember his body, and be home in time for Letterman. But knowing what to say when my girlfriend’s feeling insecure… I’m totally lost.

Dexter Morgan [voiceover]: Most people have a hard time dealing with death, but I’m not most people. It’s the grief that makes me uncomfortable. Not because I’m a killer, really. I just don’t understand all that emotion, which makes it tough to fake.

[putting on sun glasses]  

Dexter Morgan: In those cases, shades come in handy.


Dexter Morgan: Etorphine Hydrochloride?

Vince Masuka: An animal tranquilizer more powerful than morphine. Causes total paralysis. That mark on her neck kept bugging me, so I ordered up a tox screen.

Dexter Morgan [voice over]: That’s it. No more doughnuts for Masuka.

Dexter Morgan: Maybe if I don’t blink, my eyes will tear up.

Sergeant Doakes [Doakes seemingly walks up out of nowhere]: Stop grinning like a f**king psycho and get back to work!

Rita Bennett: I got your message. How’s Debra?

Dexter Morgan: Hmm, she has all her limbs.

Rita Bennett: Thank God she is alive. That poor thing must be a mess, falling for a serial killer.

Dexter Morgan: What are the odds?

Dexter Morgan: His happy place. Where he kills more than time.


Debra Morgan: My psycho-killer fiancé? Please, I’ve had worse. At least he paid for my meals.

Masuka: Say it.

Dexter: (sighs) You’re my daddy?

Masuka: Sounds weird when you say it.

Rita: (referring to the Bay Harbour Butcher) You know, I hope they catch him today, and I’m not a violent person, but I hope they hurt him. (turns to kiss Dexter) Have a good day.

Dexter: (voice over) Make up your mind.

Rita: (about her mother) You’ll like her, Dexter. She’s great. She’s a very strong woman.

Dexter: I’ll keep that in mind in case I have any heavy lifting to do.

Masuka: How come you got a hug and I get a pat on the nose?

Angel: Cause you’re like a retarded puppy.

 Dexter (to a dead Jimenez): Can’t leave you here. Can’t take you with me. Don’t go anywhere.

Lundy: What exactly is Sergeant Doakes’ problem with you, Morgan?

Dexter (voice over): I kill people, for one.

Deb: I wondered if maybe you were also cheesed about my whole not-disclosing thing. I don’t want you to think I’m unsure or… embarrassed or anything.

Lundy: Why would you be embarrassed? I’m hot!

Hope you enjoyed these quoted whether you’re a fan or not, but tune in over the next few weeks, for the rest of my favourite Dexter quotes from the other five seasons.

For more check out: http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/dexter/season-1/

Rach, x



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The History of Advertising

So, today I’m going to take a break from my usual posts of movies and quotes to bring you The History of Advertising. This is my first assignment for my Year 10 subject; English Advertising Issues and Analysis, and it’s my first school assignment posted on my blog…so bonus points for originality!

The History of Advertising is extremely long, dating back thousands of years. Wikipedia describes Advertising as ‘a form of communication for marketing and used to encourage or persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners; sometimes a specific group) to continue or take some new action’. When we think of advertising, we think television commercials, ads on bus stops, and buses, billboards on the side of the freeway and basically every we look but advertising was very different back thousands of years, and it has changed dramatically over the years.

Advertising dates as far back as BC. Outdoor advertising was invented by the Egyptians  in 2000 BC, where they carved public notices into steel. The Egyptians also used papyrus to make wall posters and sale messages. Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome also used papyrus for lost and found advertisements.


Fast forward, hundreds of years to 1472 in England, where the first print ad is produced; ‘the handbill  (which is like a small printed flyer) announces a prayer book for sale’.

Almost 200 years later, in 1661, the first product branding is created – Dentrifice Tooth Gel. Another 100 years later, political ads emerged, encouraging enlistment for the American Revolution.

The eighteen hundreds was also a time of firsts. In 1835 the automobile was invented, which caused the rise of billboard ads in the US. The first product placement was in the 1873 novel by Jules Verne, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. The first electric sign was lit in NY Time’s Square in 1882. But perhaps one of the most important changes of the 19th century became the importance and introduction of pictures, and slogans. And this was thanks to Thomas Barratt ‘the father of modern advertising’ and also the chairman of Pears Soap, the number one soap in it’s day. He is the reason modern-day advertising it the way it is. history-of-advertising3

Celebrity endorsement, which is now used in almost every movie we watch, was first introduced in 1905 by silent movie villain Fatty Arbuckle, for Murad cigarettes. The initial ‘sex sells’ slogan was used by Woodbury soap in 1911. In fact it was created for women, by a woman! Considering in the early 1900’s that woman didn’t have a lot of options for work, advertising was a way to go. The advertising companies recognised that women were the main buyers of products in their households and knew their value.images

Six years later in 1917, the American Association of Advertising Agencies was founded. Radio, something we listen to everyday, was invented in a garage near Pittsburg. That’s right; the world’s first commercial radio station -KDKA- was created in Frank Conrad’s garage in 1920.

World War II introduced the influx of propaganda, most of it racist and demeaning.  At about the same time in 1941, the earliest official TV commercial airs for 20 seconds. It cost the company -Bulova watch- just $9.Years later in 1950 the first political TV ad aired for Gov. Dewey of NY. Also in the 1950s, contests and giveaways, a good way of generating interest, became popular.history-of-advertising6

The longest running TV jingle, which is still used today, was for Mr. Clean, and it aired in 1957. Then 13 years later, the informercial was born for selling houses in San Diego.

A decade later in 1980, Calvin Klein faced controversy with a ‘sexy’ ad featuring 15 year old, Brooke Shields.  The following year 1981, the MTV was launched. But unlike nowadays where it’s full of  TV shows like ‘Jersey Shore’, when it first launched it was 24/7 of advertising music.  In 1984, Apple sets an example at the super bowl with the most expensive TV ad, which cost them $900 000.brooke-shields-calvin-klein1

In 1997, the very first mobile ad launched in Finland. Over a period of five years, from 1995- 2000, $8.2 billion invested in online ads. Then the famous Google, rolls out ad words; a pay-per-click service which now accounts for 95% of Google’s income. 2001, sees pop-up and pop-under ads fill user’s screens. They peaked in 2003, hitting 8.7% of all online ads. Then Pepsi purchases the most expensive ad campaign costing $7.53 million. It was the 90-second commercial featuring Britney Spears. YouTube launches in 2006, and launches the birth of video advertising. The same year twitter launches – real time global makes marketing & advertising, fast and free. The next year 2007, “Facebook introduces the concept of behaviour based advertising by specifically targeting users’ social interactions.” Online advertising becomes more popular and a No. 2 in terms of the advertising worldwide budget.

So, from carving public notices into steel to online ads and ads on every possible public surface, advertising has come a long way. It has definitely come a long way from the sexist and racist ads, that we wouldn’t get away with now. I was surprised myself at the way advertising has developed so swiftly. And I hope, also like myself, you have learned something from my post today!


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