Is Monty Hall the Margret Mead Of Consumerism??

” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog “

I never watched Let’s Make A Deal when it was on the air, essentially I never watched game shows but they are now being aired as vintage shows and I have discovered they are quite entertaining!!

As I watched let’s make a deal I noticed that Monty seemed  much more interested in the  psychological reactions  that he could induce by presenting items that would tempt the participants.  It appeared that he was actually studying the patterns that were extracted in such situations and drawing conclusions, not unlike Margaret Mead.

That is what makes the show fun to watch, it has a few layers- Monty’s study of cultural reactions of his participants to the prize of consumer products , the fun of watching the different types of people and the costumes they choose and the fab products that were offered as prizes many much better than the offerings today!! I speak of those—


Yes, let’s make a deal is much more than just entertainment, it is a historical archive  of a time gone by.  And it was the perfect use of consumerism and advertising woven into a show where the people were allowed to consume/enjoy the products for free….. if you were willing to dress up as a banana…..


Fruits of four different banana cultivars Via WIKI



Monty Hall
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Monty Hall in the 1970s
Born Monte Halparin[1]
August 25, 1921 (age 94)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Occupation Game show host, actor, producer, singer, sportscaster
Years active 1953–present
Spouse(s) Marilyn Plottel
(m. September 28,1947-present; 3 children)[1]

Monte Halparin, OC OM (born August 25, 1921), better known by the stage name Monty Hall, is a Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster, best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.[1]


Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead (1901-1978).jpg

Margaret Mead in 1948.
Born December 16, 1901
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died November 15, 1978 (aged 76)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Anthropologist
Children Mary C. Bateson (born 1939)
Awards 1970  Kalinga Prize

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. [1] She earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Mead was a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture.[2] Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960ssexual revolution. She was a proponent of broadening sexual mores within a context of traditional Western religious life.


I would have dressed up as a mustang car!!!!



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