I’VE HAD IT WITH TV ADS!

“Advertising is legalized lying.” – H.G. Wells – 

This is a rant to tell you that I really love the country of Denmark. The Danes respect their peoples’ intelligence. Why? Because they absolutely forbid ALL TV ADVERTISING on their main TV network!

Yes, Virginia, there ARE places on this earth where you can watch TV completely free from disgusting and repititious TV advertising, or at least not to the extent we are plagued with it here, Of course, most of these other countries aren’t plutocracies, with corporations controlling virtually all forms of media as it is here in America. And they have governments who place their citizens first, rather than corporations, unlike what we see here in the U.S. in 2011. These countries all forbid misleading or blatantly false political advertising. They don’t allow announcers with shocked-sounding voices to lie to viewers about political opponents or positions like we see regularly here.

Aside from Denmark, take the United Kingdom, for example. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is funded by a license fee and does not have advertising other than the occasional  “Coming Soon” or upcming schedule, as we see here on C-SPAN. On the UK’s commercial channels, only an average of 7-10 minutes per clock hour is allowed (with that number trimmed to only 8 minutes between 6 PM and 11 PM). When running shows imported from here, the nearly one-third of an hour taken up by ads is filled with mainly trailers for other programs plus the occasional “advert.” Lacithedog, if you’re out there, feel free to verify this. In France, commercial channels are only allowed 9 minutes per hour for ads, with only one commercial break per hour if the show is one hour or less and two commercial breaks if the show lasts more than one hour. In Ireland, only 10 minutes per hour is allowed for advertising. In  Germany, public television stations dominate most of the market.  They, too, are funded by a license fee, and only allow commercials between 5 and 8 PM weekdays, and then only for 12 minutes per hour with a minimum of 20 minutes between each commercial break. Why the hell can’t we in the United States follow these examples and show a little restraint?

I long for the good old days of the 1960s, when hour long shows featured at most a minute or two intro and outro, at least 50 MINUTES OF SHOW, and only 8 minutes of commercials (with only 1 or 2 of them being shown in a row before the show began again)! Today we get a solid 18-20 minutes of commercials each and every hour, nonstop! What the hell happened?

We are being constantly assaulted and , more often than not, LIED to, by slickly produced, rapid-fire TV ads, sometimes by as many as 7 different afvertisers in one stinking commercial break (which often add up to as much as 3 1/2 minutes per break). Rather than having a thorough and meaningful COMPLETE discussion of a serious topic on news networks, for example,, guests are constantly being interrupted and/or cut short by the need for the host to “go to a commercial break.” Networks: I want all of YOU to give ME a break and stop this insanity! YOU ARE STRANGLING US WITH UNNECESSARILY STUPID COMMERCIALS!

I remember when cable TV first began to be offered in my area in the very early 1980s. One of the inducements to sign up for the service was that shows on cable networks were going to be commercial-free, paid for completely by subscription fees. REMEMBER THAT, FOLKS? Well, that lasted about 2 or 3 years, and then little by little, the cable networks began showing as many ads as the old ABC, CBS, NBC and local channels did! What the hell happened to user fees paying for the cable programming? And why have these user fees gotten so very expensive compared to what they once were, even though record numbers of commercials are being shown? WHAT THE HELL GIVES, CORPORATE AMERICA?

I swear to God, if, in real life, I ever meet the Phillips “Colon Lady”, Progressive Insurance’s overly made-up, pasty-faced idiot bitch with the horrible hair, or the square, oh-so-square Humana guy who irritatingly says “zeeeero” rather than “zero” for the call-in phone number he gives, I’ll strangle them all with my bare hands! And if I ever see a crazy couple sitting in his and hers bathtubs in a field or on a beach somwhere talking about CIALIS, I’m going to set them both on fire—and I am not a violent man! I’ve HAD IT with this bullshit!!!

I am sick to death of “call this number in the next 10 minutes and get extra freebies” ads that try and sell you dozens of other products once you’ve called in and won’t let you get off the line without buying SOMETHING extra!

What fuels all this nonsense anyway? According to Advertising Age, during the 2007-2008 season for Grey’s Anatomy, the cost to place an ad on that show was a ridiculous $419,,000 PER ADVERTISEMENT, while the typical 30 second spot during this year’s Super Bowl went for an outrageous $3 MILLION EACH! So what fuels all of this insanity? CORPORATE GREED!

 Who is footing the bill for this greed? Why, every one of us is! Corporations don’t “absorb” the costs of these ads—they pass them on to YOU in higher costs for their products. That’s right—whether you watch the Super Bowl or not, YOU are paying for this outlandishness in every Coke or Pepsi you drink or pair of Nike shoes you buy! Every bottle of Bud you consume carries this hidden CORPORATE TAX ON THE PEOPLE!

We teach our children to not lie, and then we bombard them the rest of their lives with nothing BUT lies! What the hell kind of people ARE we, anyway?

Haven’t you, too, HAD IT with these TV ads, people? What are some examples of ads you absolutely HATE, and what can we do to end this seemingly endless cycle of outright bullshit we are exposed to each and every day?

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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15 Responses to I’VE HAD IT WITH TV ADS!

  1. Hi Jack, nice job with this new blog. Are you finding WordPress to be better than Blogger.com was? BTW, I suggest you update your Blogger profile to this new URL. Currently, when people follow your previous comments on other blogs, they have no way of getting to the new blog (unless they know about it already).
    Great piece you did on advertising. I’m a bit lucky in that I have a DVR, so I can just zap through the commercials.
    If I had it my way, all commercials that target children would be banned (like they do in some of the Nordic countries). It’s downright devious to market directly to children (who in turn pester their parents to buy them the product in question). Yes, I’m sure that Repukes would argue that this isn’t the concern of the government. But f*ck them: today’s parents have enough headaches raising kids, without this sort of thing.
    It’s interesting how the Repukes go on and on about “family values,” and then they turn around and do everything they can to undermine today’s families.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hi Marc.
      Thanks so much. Yes, I do like wordpress better than blogspot, but both have their quirks. One of the reasons I left blogspot is that I no longer can get onto the site except to read it. VERY STRANGE! I know another blogger, Dave Dubya of Dave Dubya’s Freedom Rants, has been locked off his site altogether. So something very fishy is going on. That’s why I’ve been leaving messages on all my followers’ sites…

      I wish we WOULD ban all TV ads aimed at kids. Our lack of advertising restraint shows this to not be so much of a twisted freedom of expression issue as one of an invasion of privacy issue. After all, we had no problem banning cigarette ads from TV (although that was adopted under a saner, much more liberal Congress). And there is no question of laws banning unwanted strangers from bolting into your living room unnanounced being unconstitutional, are there? I consider the presence of unnanounced and unwelcome offensive advertising on my TV screen to be every bit as offensive. Why should we have to be subjected to Viagra or Cialis or even feminine hygiene product ads all hours of the day and night? Why must be constantly be subjected to this bullshit 24/7? I didn’t ask for, or permit this craziness. Did you? Did anyone else? I don’t think so…

      • jackjodell53 says:

        Marc,
        Regarding the family values topic: If the GOP was serious about “family values” they would do something about providing good-paying JOBS within our borders. Their insane program of just rewarding the wealthy with tax breaks is only adding to severe mental and emotional stress for ALL of the non-wealthy families! So, once again, they are proven to be a party of liars and hypocrites.

  2. Excessive advertising is a blight, all right, and it’s not just TV. Commercial radio stations are even worse, with ads that are generally much more obnoxious. You’re absolutely right about the economics of the excess, too.

    I want a nine-minute/hour limit, with no more than four ads run in succession between program segments of not less than five minutes’ duration. I also think advertising of prescription medications should be banned completely outside of publications for medical and scientific professionals. The passed-along cost of advertising is especially egregious in that category.

    Greed is rampant in 0ur country, and this is just one aspect of it. In my area, a metals dealer was just given a year of in-home detention and four years of probation for making millions from buying and reselling copper wire and pipe, and all kinds of other metals stolen by drug addicts. He was doing this on a large scale. As part of the deal keeping him out of prison he’s had homes, land and a large collection of luxury cars and other stuff confiscated. He once had a good reputation as a successful, honest businessman. So it was never a case of need, just greed.

    Greed is a sickness that can take over a person’s judgment and life as surely as alcoholism. What a shame conservatives, whether they call themselves Republicans, libertarians, tea baggers or just independent, cater to those with the worst cases of it — and too often are seriously infected themselves.

  3. Jack Jodell says:

    S.W.,
    I agree with your thoughtful comments on all counts, especially the ones concerning greed and ad time limits.

  4. tnlib says:

    There’s reason I, for the most part, only watch PBS.

    Kind of odd that you and Dave are locked out of your Blogger sites. Hmmm. But I’d love for you to write a post comparing the two – what’s good, what’s not so good. I’ve been thinking of making the switch but have been a little hesitant.

  5. Tom Harper says:

    The pharmaceutical ads are the ones I hate the most. Thirty-odd years ago it was anti-drug hysteria — “98% of all heroin addicts started off on pot!” “Just say No!” “Why do you think they call it dope?” etc. And screaming headlines about people getting life imprisonment for possession of marijuana; urban legends about somebody taking acid and trying to fly off a balcony, etc.

    And from there we’ve morphed into a Brave New World where mega-corporations are advertising a drug for every conceivable problem, real or imagined. Shy? Depressed? Can’t sleep? “Ask your doctor about…”

  6. Lisa G. says:

    I too have a DVR so I just skip over the commercials. What I hate more than that is unsolicited calls from everywhere and I’m on the DO NOT CALL LIST. The phone ringing day and night for this charity or that; I swear I’m going to get a whistle for them. I tell them if they want something from me, then send it in the mail and to take me off the call list. At least the junk mail is silent and it goes right into the recycle bin! I make my husband take those calls now – with his voice, they don’t call back.

    But you are right, commercials, junk mail and unsolicited phone calls are all equally irritating and unnecessary.

  7. I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

  8. simondwood says:

    There is no human tragedy in the world today significant enough to avoid being interrupted every few minutes by a TV commercial for hemorrhoid cream, loan sharks, boner pills or cheap Korean cars.

  9. simondwood says:

    Is there a pill I can take to stop slipping into a light coma whenever prescription drug ads appear on TV? Especially annoying are the boner pill ads [shamelessly shown during the 6.30 pm ABC News whilst my young children are learning what’s going on in the world] where the woman is either hopping around on one leg and looking winsome, or else grooving to her iPod as her man mutters sweet nothings with an inane grin on his face. And whilst I’m at it, that couple taking a lake-side bath [in separate tubs] could really use some serious counseling.

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