What satirical technique is used in this picture when the advertisers are saying that it is cooked at 50 degrees while it is actually being cooked at 180 degrees?

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durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In advertising, amongst the most important things to consider are the target audience and the intention of the advertisement. Various techniques are used to convey a message and using visual images is usually very effective.

Without knowing the context of this advertisement, I will assume that the advertiser perhaps wants to introduce its target audience to a stove that can be set using a modern device to avoid ruining the food, associated with older stoves that do not have all the modern additions.   

Satire generally makes fun of human failings and,in this advertisement, it would be common for the cook  - after the disastrous result - which we the audience can anticipate (irony)  - to blame the stove and its inadequacies when we know the cook is just not very good! The large dial - clearly indicating the temperature of 180 degrees also foreshadows what we know, adding further humor to this visual image in its exaggerated form.  

The "thick and smooth texture that you all enjoy" will have the audience laughing to themselves as they know what the outcome will be. The use of these words adds realism to the event and intensifies the satirical situation and the incongruity is not lost on the audience as the words become strangely out of place in an oven where the food is about to be anything less than perfect.   

durbanville eNotes educator| Certified Educator
So to add a different angle to your question, the advertiser is alluding to the fact that taste no longer seems to be a consideration in the choice of food and it is the speed that is relevant. Irony is the overriding satirical technique when the temperature gauge is enlarged out of all proportion, representing something far more than itself. Can we still not see what "fast food" or "convenience food" is? The consumer knows that he or she is sacrificing taste in the interests of "fast food" and yet seems oblivious to the fact. Outlets still persuade consumers that it is "the thick and smooth texture that you all enjoy" as they serve up portion after portion of food, prepared far too quickly to even pretend that the taste is good. The sarcasm should be evident and the mockery of the consumer's ability to accept everything at face value - despite the glaring inconsistencies- should not escape notice. I hope this helps!