Monday, May 01, 2006

hyperbole alert

Generally, I try not to watch television advertising. With TiVO, there's no practical reason to watch ads -- you can pause, putter around for a few minutes, then return and fast-forward through the ads to get back to the program. But last night I was folding laundry and I didn't feel like mucking with the remote, so I let the ads wash over me.

My newest candidate for "most offensive statement in advertising" goes to this beauty from the Dish Network (no link, the ad was too obnoxious for me to link to them):
There's nothing worse than paying too much for cable TV.
Really? Nothing?
Without even trying I can think of many things that are much worse. Right off the bat? (you guessed it) Cancer. (Was that a low blow?) How about that situation in Darfur? (Too far away?) What about all the single mothers trying to survive without child support? What about all the kids getting addicted to horrible drugs? I could go on, but I don't want to depress myself so soon before bedtime.

The ad wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't kept on repeating that stupid line. I think it was only a 30-second spot, but by the time it was over, I wanted to throw something at the TV.

1 comment:

Irish Lass said...

Well, I don't have TiVo, and I am lazy most of the time, so I get the ads full force most of the time.

I am glad to know I am not the only one who reacts that way! But I go a step further. I actually talk back to the TV. Yes, I realize that is not entirely sane behavior and benefits no one. Still, I must get some sort of satisfaction from it or I wouldn't keep doing it.

I am starting to worry a bit, though. While I am generally alone, there are occasions when others are around and I seem to do it in front of them, too. I must make a note to be more careful or I will soon see the men in the white coats heading my direction.

It's just so hard not to react to the stupidity in some fashion.