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The Xfinity ad is very touching, but I didn’t understand exactly what the technology does until the third time I watched the ad. The commercial should have focused on showing how this program works, rather than focusing on Emily’s story. Although her story is what makes this ad memorable, it left me confused on how it works. Emily’s story is memorable and equally as touching as the painfully long Sarah McLachlan Angel commercial.


This story about Emily – a blind young girl from Iowa – is so touching that I was weepy at first. It is one everyone should take to heart and embrace. If you have the will and the imagination, there’s a way to overcome life’s handicaps and succeed at what you were born to do. This ad deserves an award for showcasing a truly exceptional story of how a child, blind from birth, can show us all how to live with adversity and have a happy, exciting and very productive life. Xfinity’s story about Emily’s Oz is the ad of the decade.

Meet the Authors

The 18 year old

A rising student of film, Graham measures all advertising against his favorite movie scenes. So a commercial with a good car chase plays well. Better with an explosion. And funny. It should be funny. So a speeding car that explodes in an amusing way will sell product.

  • Recent Pope High School Graduate
  • Rising College Film Student
  • Long Boarder, Snow Boarder, Rower
  • Improv Performer at Whole World Theatre
  • World Traveller (England, Scotland, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica)

The 80 year old

Graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School, Tom doesn’t let his Ivy League education interfere with an appreciation for inane advertising campaigns. He more than appreciates a poodle in a business suit selling cleaning products. He also enjoys talking babies.

  • Lieutenant of the USS Gurke Destroyer
  • Furniture Industry Legend
  • Business Professor
  • Husband for over 60 Years
  • Lover of Daschunds, M*A*S*H and Scotch

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