February 03, 2013
What A Nightmare!
What a nightmare I had last night. I dreamt I was in this alternate world where people actually chose to get together and watch commercials. In a normal world, a rational world, a world populated by semi-intelligent beings like dolphins or orangutans, nobody would actually want to watch commercials, right? They would turn them off, right? They would ignore them. They would recognize them as nothing more than the modern day equivalent of nineteenth century snake oil salesmen, who were often tarred and feathered and run out of town on rails. But get this. In this ludicrous universe, people didnít do that. They allowed the snake oil salesmen right into their homes, laughed at their jokes, and thought they were all around swell folks. They didnít see them for the con men and liars they really were, not at all. In many cases, people let them talk directly to their children!
Can you believe that?
These people willingly, enthusiastically gathered together to be lied to and manipulated. It was like being in a world full of battered wives. I went frantically in search of a drink, just to keep my sanity, but all they had was Coors Light. It was hell.
Now, in between commercials there were other things going on, like military displays and a sporting event, but these were merely incidental to the real action, just added sweetener for the true business at hand.
If I had the talent I would a write a short story about it, but nobody would believe such an obvious farce. It would lack verisimilitude.
Oh, yeah, one other thing. In this wacky parallel hell, there was an article where people were actually suggesting than Ann Romney run for the Senate in Massachusetts, you know, because her husband did so well there. They claimed she was popular and charismatic. They also mentioned Tagg Romney as a possible candidate because he was a successful businessman.
This place was worse than fucking Animal Farm.
Thank God it was only a dream.
Posted by OHollern at February 03, 2013 05:27 PM
It is peculiar, isn't it? Mind you, commercials are a semi-necessary evil if people don't want to pay the cost of entertainment on television; and in Europe? More ads are actually quite funny, scathing, and often self-depreciating, to boot.
Here? Ye gods and goblins....borrrrring. And that is why it seems the over-hyped Super Bowl ads get the attention, they are expected to at least be better than the average norm. I still don't willingly watch them. Ads are when I get up to do small necessary things; still, the Old World habit of grouping them in useful 10 minute or so blocks at the END of each show would improve my performance of those duties!
Surely you jest, no such world could possibly exit. It would probably have to be one in which the electorate, when it allowed them to participate in the choice of their overlords, would be susceptible to the meanest and lowest of cons and elect certifiable morons and snarling psychopaths to high office who would enable the death of hundreds of thousands of souls, foreign and domestic, and effectively, if (hopefully) temporarily, destroy the world's economy whilst enriching himself and his closest cronies.
I bet you'd even believe that one of the commercials eagerly awaited would use the voice of a dead, fascistic wacko commentator who made his bones encouraging and enabling Senator Joe McCarthy, to sell penis enlarging (sorta, ya know !?) trucks using two thirds of the neo-fascist slogan "Guts, God, and Glory" of the NRA and Freemen and cleverly subliminally return God to the unholy trinity.
I don't believe it possible.
"if (hopefully)" should read "and (hopefully). This sloppiness in proof reading is why I should not initiate blog posts in the first place.
I could not care less about the Super Bowl, but did see literally the last 4 seconds of it in the process of surfing by on the way to the local 10 o'clock news. But then the excellent James Howard Kunstler made reference to a couple of the ads, one of which in particular made me curious as it involved my own profession. So I found it on Youtube.
I didn't find the Oreo commercial to be one bit funny, not even to elicit a half-hearted chuckle. It wasn't even clever. But I did decide that it is a pretty good metaphor -- or is it allegory? -- for what our society is actually doing to libraries.