Thursday, March 21, 2013

Television Commercials

Chapter 9 in Postman's, Amusing Ourselves to Death discusses the topic of television commercials. Postman states, "Because the television commercial is the single most voluminous form of public communication in our society, it was inevitable that Americans would accommodate themselves to the philosophy of television commercials. By "accommodate," I mean that we accept them as a normal and plausible form of discourse (pg. 130)." While writing this post I asked my two friends their opinions on commercials and they stated that they hate commercials and when watching a television show they find another show to watch on a different channel when a commercial comes on. As someone who doesn't watch television that often I find that I don't actually mind commercials much. Some of them are actually quite amusing. What are your opinions on commercials and do you have a favorite commercial? If so post the video on here!

7 comments:

  1. With DVR, Netflix, and Adblock Plus, it's getting easier to avoid commercials altogether . As a result, I've noticed a difference in the quality of commercials over the past few years. Because there is more advertising than ever, some advertisers are shooting commercials that people actually want to see.

    My favorite commercials come from Old Spice. Sometimes, I find myself actively looking up one of their commercials for a laugh. Can you say PU-PU-PU-PU-PU-PU-POWERFUL ADVERTISING?!

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  2. I think that, as ACE said, streaming services and DVR are making it easy for people to avoid commercials. However, online video services like youtube present us with ads (often when we are trying to watch a different ad, ironically), and there are still plenty of people who watch live tv.

    Right now I really like the "It's Not Complicated" AT&T commercials. The guy's dead pan improvising is pretty funny.

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  3. Most of the "shows" I watch are on Youtube, and after downloading adblocker software for my browser, I can basically choose when I want to see ads. I'll turn adblocker off when I'm watching shows made by Youtube producers that I actually care about, effectively giving me the choice to support those I feel deserve to be making money off of their videos. It's an interesting concept, because I'm basically controlling the advertisements and the content creators that receive money from them, which is not something that is so easily done while watching television.

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  4. I hate commercials for the most part. I watch shows online so I can avoid them, but I do have to admit that there are some good ones every now and then. Personally, I really like the AllState Mayhem commercials and the Budweiser that they showed during the superbowl thsi year (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2prAccclXs).

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  5. I don't really mind commercials either. The only time I hate them is in the midst of political debates. My favorite commercial this year is probably the Jake from State Farm.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47cAxRX3aDg

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  6. I agree with most everyone here in that I really don't like commercials. Whenever they are on I change the channel and channel surf until whatever I am watching comes back on. Though this past year I have been watching less television and watch Netflix and other online videos. That being said, I am put an add blocker with on my computer, so I don't see commercials or even ads and I have to say that is nice. When I am paying attention to commercials I like the AllState Mayhem commercials like Kaleah and the AT&T "It's not complicated" commercials like Tom said.

    Here are three commercials I find funny:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIMm9w8PwJA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtP-S9OS0o0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8JZwh5ZHY

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  7. I'll admit that I am one of those people who have accepted the fact that commercials are just part of television. I do (as well as my friends) become frustrated when a commercial seems like someone didn't put enough creativity into it. So, instead of just watching the commercials I tend to judge them on how amusing they are.

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