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Thursday, June 7, 2012

TV Commercials ~ Love 'Em or Hate 'Em


Now, if you knew me well, you'd wonder why I would dare to be sarcastic (who, me?) or critical of TV commercials.  My #2 son is an actor and so is his wife - and they both do commercials for TV.  I love their commercials (of course)!  But there are some ads that just leave me wondering....or wandering...away from the screen.


For instance, you invite Aunt Martha or Grandma over for afternoon soaps and before you can say "Who Dunnit" there is a commercial - or six of them all in a row.  How can we possibly keep track of the story line?  Never mind that the story line doesn't change one iota in six months...I want uninterrupted show time, thank you.


It is the brainless ads that get my Irish up.  There is no need to dumb us down to sell us a product.  I want to be educated or entertained, but certainly not irritated by the stupidity of some sales pitches.  Are you with me there?


Maybe, just maybe...not making any promises, but, if you talk to me real nice, I might promise to skip merrily through the grocery store, stocking up on every goodie that you told me would take off pounds, is new and improved, or will cure Alzheimer's Disease.  So, do we have a deal, Mr. Ad Man?

Where do you stand on TV commercials?  Am I getting a bit crotchety in my old age?

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8 comments:

  1. Well, My background is television/marketing so I used to make commercials, too, back in the 70's. They were a lot less invasive then and done in good taste. Some of the ones today irritate me to no end- xo Diana

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    1. Diana - Aha..I keep learning more about your bit-by-bit! Yes, taste was still "in" back then! Too bad someone can't bring it back!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. I hate the repetative-ness - the same commercial every 4 minutes. Some are truly humorous, others just annoying. I hate Victoria's Secret the most, embarrassing in mixed company (for me, anyway). xo

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    1. Barbara - There are several ads that should not be shown in mixed company or at all, in my opinion! And, certainly not while the kids are up! Thanks for adding your two cents...it's always good to hear from others.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. The ad where people are blindfolded and led into a filthy room makes me sick every time. I think the product might be an air freshener - anyway, I'm with you on this one. I might actually buy the product if the commercial was smart, tasteful and to the point.

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    1. Suzanne - Oh, gag...me, too! Hate that ad!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. I don’t like TV commercials either, and I am definitely with you, they’re gimmicks are offensive with how non-intelligent they think we are. The jingles and loud voice of the announcer isn’t any better. They annoy me so much that I completely block commercials recorded during prime time with my Hopper. This can be done with the push of 1 button, using the Auto Hop feature. I was relieved when my coworker at Dish suggested the upgrade, now I can choose whether I see commercials or not!

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    1. Diane - You have the perfect solution with your Hopper! The ads aim at the lowest IQ and the rest of us suffer the consequences! I know the stations need to support thenselves, but I think they could do better with the ads!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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