I saw a movie once that showed an elderly man in a very poor county, sick and about to die. He didn't have much in his small room, but - moments after he died, people came rushing in to take his shoes, his coat, and the rest of his belongings. They decended like vultures, fighting over what little he had, leaving behind only the flesh on his body. It was a very depressing scene.
That's how I feel about advertising these days. I hate it! I am constantly bombarded by advertisers competing against each other for the last nickel I have in my pocket, and I'm not even dead, yet! It's disgusting, and I feel helpless to stop it.
When I was growing up, commercials were fairly rare on television. Even then, they were embedded into the entertainment we were watching. As an example, you can watch Dinah Shore sing about Chevrolet at the end of her variety show. You didn't "break away for a commercial". You simply endorsed a product.
Today, one hour of television means at least twenty minutes of advertising. MUTE has become the most important button on the remote. But advertisers know that people like me kill the sound so we don't have to listen to their repetetive nonsense. So they come back to the news, just long enough to say, "When we come back, we'll give you the seven day weather forcast". Then they break for another freakin' commercial.
The same thing has happened to the internet. When I link to a page I have to wait for 30-45 seconds so all the little advertising windows can load and display themselves. Then, as soon as I can scroll down the page, ANOTHER advertisement pops up in the middle of the screen. You can't watch a YouTube video anymore without an advertisement preview. Some of them can be skipped after a five second waiting period. Sometimes you have to endure the entire 30 second commercial before you can watch your video. Last night I was trying to watch a stand-up comedian, and the video was interrupted SEVEN TIMES with a commercial that I was forced to view. Screw you, YouTube! I wouldn't buy those products even if I needed them!
Most of the eMail I get is advertising SPAM. This is a popular form of advertising because it's almost free, and there are no consequences for sending unwanted messages because it's nearly impossible to trace the source. I have literally hundreds of filters that I've created to route most of that crap to the trash folder. However one company has found a way to bypass all of my filters to advertise "the most powerful flashlight in the world". I get six of these eMail each day! I finally called the company and said that if my address wasn't removed from their mailing list that would actually BUY one of their freakin' flashlights, and that I would travel to Las Vegas just to shove it up their CEO's "rectal cavity"!
It's gotten so bad that last week when I stopped for gas, I started filling my tank, and a video display on the pump began to regale me with special deals that I should take advantage of while I'm still at the filling station.
STOP! PLEASE STOP! It is difficult to avoid contemplating violence against these parasites! Their guerrilla tactics are abusive and unavoidable! I think it is due, at least in part, to the crumbling economy we find ourselves in. People have far less "disposable income" than they used to have. Companies are desperate to make a profit, so they are developing new techniques to draw your attention and convince you to part with some of your limited, hard-earned dollars. I understand how we got here, but I'm looking for ways to protect myself from the money vultures. Is anyone else as frustrated as I am? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to defend ourselves from this non-stop barrage?
I'm just worried that I will bitch-slap a young Girl Scout who tries to sell me cookies after another advertising phone call. I apologize in advance if that happens.