Fork!!!

Though I din’t like the daily prompt today. Still I went straight to the google and typed FORK, to get the exact meaning even though i knew the meaning.

An implement with two or more prongs used for lifting food to the mouth or holding it when cutting is what oxford dictionary read. But, the second one (The point where something, especially a road or river, divides into two parts) was more interesting meaning and it reminded me of Robert frost’s The road not taken. 

The poem is about a traveler who is standing at the fork; unable to decide upon the road to be taken and finally decides to take the road which was less traveled and the grass on it was less trodden. Now, while going through the poem on google, I came across a fact. I didn’t know about it but I guess you would have known about it. Here I’m presenting the fact as it is.

A young man hiking through a forest is abruptly confronted with a fork in the path. He pauses, his hands in his pockets, and looks back and forth between his options. As he hesitates, images from possible futures flicker past: the young man wading into the ocean, hitchhiking, riding a bus, kissing a beautiful woman, working, laughing, eating, running, weeping. The series resolves at last into a view of a different young man, with his thumb out on the side of a road. As a car slows to pick him up, we realize the driver is the original man from the crossroads, only now he’s accompanied by a lovely woman and a child. The man smiles slightly, as if confident in the life he’s chosen and happy to lend that confidence to a fellow traveler. As the car pulls away and the screen is lit with gold—for it’s a commercial we’ve been watching—the emblem of the Ford Motor Company briefly appears.

The advertisement I’ve just described ran in New Zealand in 2008. And it is, in most respects, a normal piece of smartly assembled and quietly manipulative product promotion. But there is one very unusual aspect to this commercial. A young man hiking through a forest is abruptly confronted with a fork in the path. He pauses, his hands in his pockets, and looks back and forth between his options. As he hesitates, images from possible futures flicker past: the young man wading into the ocean, hitchhiking, riding a bus, kissing a beautiful woman, working, laughing, eating, running, weeping. The series resolves at last into a view of a different young man, with his thumb out on the side of a road. As a car slows to pick him up, we realize the driver is the original man from the crossroads, only now he’s accompanied by a lovely woman and a child. The man smiles slightly, as if confident in the life he’s chosen and happy to lend that confidence to a fellow traveler. As the car pulls away and the screen is lit with gold—for it’s a commercial we’ve been watching—the emblem of the Ford Motor Company briefly appears.

The advertisement I’ve just described ran in New Zealand in 2008. And it is, in most respects, a normal piece of smartly assembled and quietly manipulative product promotion. But there is one very unusual aspect to this commercial.

This was something new I came across. Therefore, I can’t say that this topic is something I should not like.

Well, I learnt two things. Firstly, the other meaning of fork and secondly, the fact related the poem. As this topic made me acquainted with something new I hope my blog will help you too. 🙂

 

 

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