On the most part I hate commercials, like most people. But what I hate even more are stupid annoying commercials with dorky little songs or jingles that are played over and over and over while a TV show is on.
This morning, my brain has been blasted with the Strawberry Mini-Wheats commercial, complete with its stupid song. I think that the only thing worse than that was when they aired commercials for Vanilla Mini-Wheats. I don't eat Mini-Wheats, and I will most certainly NEVER EVER EVER buy any incarnation of that product because of their stupid annoying commercials.
Another set of ads I can't stand are those stupid Premier Bathtubs commercials - you know, the special bathtubs for old people that have a little door on the side so they don't slip. Granted, the product is a good idea, but do they have to air it during every freaking commercial break on CBC NewsWorld in the morning? Between that and the fact that the CBC News in the morning spends WAY too much time on STUPID-ASS HOCKEY stories have made me not watch that show anymore. Bleh.
While we're on commercials and ads, why the hell is it that now news segments are named after corporate sponsors? Like the "Colgate Family Health" segment on Global News in the morning. We already see the stupid Colgate ads shortly after the segment airs in the morning. Do we really need to be reminded of that crap DURING the segment?
What about the fact that every building is named after a stupid corporate sponsor or rich benefactor? The Skydome is no longer the Skydome. Now it's the Rogers center. How dorky. What a dumb-ass name. So what if Rogers bought it. They've probably got Rogers ads plastered all over the inside anyway. We don't need to be reminded of that ALL THE FREAKING TIME. At one of the JCCs in Toronto, it seems that every corner of the building is named after some rich person. The building is named after one guy. The theater is named after another. The Jewish Day School is named after someone. The pool is named after someone, and, get this: the CHANGEROOMS are named after people. AHHHH!!!
The subway is just as bad. Sometimes an advertiser gets a bright idea of plastering an entire subway station with ads for something or other. Sometimes they go even as far as draping the outside of subway cars with stupid ads. Isn't it bad enough that sometimes all of the ads inside a subway car are for just ONE company?
I don't know about you, but this is total ad overload to me. It's a complete invasion of privacy in some ways, if you ask me. You can't even keep to yourself without walking into a place and being visually violated by ads. You can't even watch TV in peace without getting a stupid jingle stuck in your head. The sad thing is that even if you don't like the product(s) being advertised, this in-your-face tactic works. Can I recite the song in the Strawberry Mini-Wheats ad? You bet!
Go Forth, Young Programmer
22 hours ago