Friday, February 09, 2007
Ads Sparked Bomb Scare
Now here is a crazy story. The whole thing is becoming worse than that Anna Nicole Smith story. As for that one, let the family alone and in peace. They just lost a family member. Give it a rest. The story of the bomb scare in Boston, that's officially the stupidest thing an advertiser can do, scare the crap out of the public. Who would buy the product after that? Well, given the people who are watching such things on tv, never mind. I answered my own question.
I've seen some truly idiotic advertising to date...but then I think some of the commercials are brought to you by Brain-Dead America. Want examples? Okeee Dokiee. How about Sonic. Does anyone actually think this is cool advertising? Or are they scraping the bottom of the barrel because the guys who think this crap up can't find anything else?
Okay, there are these commercials see? (sounds like the beginning of a truly bad joke) Sometimes there are two guys...one is so stupid that he obviously can't put on his socks in the morning. The other guy plays on the stupid jerk, rolling his eyes like he could be somewhere else instead of in BrainLeak Holler. Of course, the first question I have is..if the guy is that stupid, why is the second guy with him???? To look smarter since he obviously isn't????
Second commercial has a married couple. The woman always slams the guy making him look even stupider than he acts by himself. She appears to be the smart one. Yeah but if that guy is so brain-dead, why did the woman marry him in the first place? All it says to me is that only completely stupid people are pulling into Sonic. They cannot possibly be smart if they go there because of that advertising. So, that's the second commercial. Yep, it's a replay of the first type commercial with different players, different day. At this point, and since Sonic has really high priced food anyway, we have decided it ain't worth the trip.
There are others but it is not worth my time to advertise them here anyway. Back to the current story. In Boston, they are trying to calm down after a truly nightmarish scare and calling in the Homeland Security folks to iron the situation out. For all that, they get a "We regret that it came to this" speech by Turner Broadcasting. Oh please!!!! Traffic was stopped. The subway system was disrupted. Why? All for some bright guy's idea of an ad campaign for a late-night cable television cartoon that had most of the devices depicting a character that was making an obscene gesture. Nice. So upstanding.
When is enough enough? We live with commercials of one type or another. They sway us to buy this or turn on that. In fact, if you check it out, we are being brainwashed by said commercials. You don't think so? Okay, what about this. You are watching your fav tv show, looked forward to it all week. There you are vegging on the couch. On comes the show! Great. Commercial break. You decide to stay. On comes a pizza ad or perhaps you need some cosmetic. If you are a guy, it's those potato chips, beer or how about that new car that you have been eyeballing for weeks. The commercial comes on and that did it!!! You have to have the pizza right now or the chips, or hey, you get up and get that beer because at this point, you cannot do without it....possibly you simply have decided to take that trip. But what did it for you? Your decision or that commercial?
There are all types of suggestive advertising on television, billboards, radio, magazines. You name it, they got it. We are flooded with the stuff and, frankly, if it didn't work, why is it there? Ah, it's only for the weakminded, right? Right. You have never in your life gone to the store, restaurant or your own fridge because you wanted something you saw on tv. Never? Right.
It is time to at least slow down the madness. Turn the sound off. Well, that helps but it does not completely get rid of the influence if you sit and watch it anyway. We are being told that we're sick and need all sorts of pills to "cure" us. We MUST have the pizza, beer and the shoes. BRAIN WASHING!!!! When is enough enough? You need to answer this question for yourself.
(CBS/AP) Several illuminated electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots threw a scare into Boston Wednesday, briefly disrupting traffic and subway service, in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night cable television cartoon. Most of the devices depict a character making an obscene gesture.
Peter Berdovsky, 27, of Arlington, and Sean Stevens, 28, of Charlestown, were each arrested Wednesday night on one felony charge of placing a hoax device and one charge of disorderly conduct, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said.
In a news release announcing Stevens' arrest, she said the men worked together to place the devices. At an earlier news conference she said Berdovsky had been hired to place the devices.
This ought to be What's Wrong With This Picture? but this time it really is The Shame Of America. And that's about all I can say on that.