August 27, 2013

But Wait, There's More!

A couple weeks back we turned on our cable box for the first time in months. We just don't watch cable. Everything's streaming. There's no need. As a result our kids are pretty unfamiliar with the concept of commercials. They know they exist but aside from the Superbowl, they never see them. When we were at the beach last week there was a giant flat-screen in our room and a critical need for some down-time. We flipped on the tube. They mostly watched Nick though we did discover American Ninja Warrior which both of the kids loved passionately. And in the process my kids got their fill of commercials.

Commercials suck.

I understand this isn't breaking news. But aside from the obvious reason - they interrupt whatever it is you're trying to watch - they act like candy in the check-out aisle for kids. They needed absolutely everything they saw. Didn't matter what it was - an As Seen On TV surge protector, light up shoes, or some random toy about garbage I totally don't understand - they needed it. What's worse, they remember the commercials that they saw.

This from Owen at dinner the other night:

Q-tips can hurt your ears. Ow! But luckily there's something that can clean your ears without hurting you. It's a WaxVac. And if you buy now, you can get an extra one for no more money.

Someone on Madison Avenue is reading this and patting themselves on the back. But you, Don Draper wannabe, you are no hero. You're kind of a dick.

Posted by Chris at August 27, 2013 7:27 AM | TrackBack

Talk about a terrifying social experiment. Egads.

Posted by: erin at August 27, 2013 10:06 AM

I have to say that commercials suck even more in the US than they do here in Ireland. I mean I watch a lot of TV that has been recorded to my Tivo but at least we only get adverts every 15 minutes instead of every 7 like you do. When I visit my friend it drives me insane.

Posted by: AlisonC at August 28, 2013 8:03 AM

First 10 seconds -

Posted by: alektra at August 29, 2013 12:44 AM

Recently a nearby lightning strike rendered both my cable box and my flat panel TV out-of-commission, via the coaxial cable -- according to the TV repairman. So I bought this to prevent another such incident. The power cords were plugged into a surge-protected power strip, but I hadn't thought about protecting the coax.

Posted by: plagiarism detector at October 31, 2013 8:00 AM
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