Friday, May 23, 2008

#19: Banner Ads on TV

So I'm watching one of my favorite TV shows the other night, when all of the sudden this image of a ball of fire bursts into the bottom right corner. Then, through the fire comes barrelling a sports car, spinning out and cutting donuts across the bottom third of the screen.

"What the...?"

Then up pops the text telling me that this is a promo for some movie that's coming up next. Are you kidding me? I already have to deal with commercial breaks when I watch my program, but now I have to deal with commercials IN the program? C'mon! These things are terribly distracting. By the time the stupid explosions and spinouts were done, I realized I missed what the actors were saying.

"What? What did I miss? What did he say?" UGH!

Let's be honest: I know advertising is how the networks make their money. And it's only a matter of time before we see these banner ads promoting products and not just other programs. Imagine, you're watching the season finale of LOST, when all of the sudden jungle leaves show up on the bottom of the screen...and they start to spread apart to show the new 4-door Jeep Wrangler tearing it up across the grassy hillsides. The text reads: "Jack could get across the island a lot quicker with a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited" Starting at $21,600. As shown: $31,250. Ha! (Maybe I should go into advertising, no?)
Seriously...Commercial breaks are already ridiculously long. We don't need the added distractions to our shows. Take 'em away!

Banner Ads on TV: You Suck.


Monique said...
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Monique said...

LOL Yeah, maybe that is your true calling. You can say "Look people, I know what truly sucks, let's do this. We'll be hated, but hey, they'll be talking about us."

Here is something else you may think sucks, but either way - TAG, you're it !

((sorry, typos suck))

Doodle said...

The ones where tiny actors walk out from the side of the screen creep me out for some reason. I usually leave the room during commercials, I hate it when I get distracted by banner ads, and I can't even do anything about it.

Monique said...

I totally agree Doodle !

The one that comes to mind is Brooke Hogan, who managed to interrupt Best Week Ever for quite awhile.

Hoov- Sorry for deleting the first comment, it was me. I had a very obvious typo and then saw that I could delete it.

My comment "your true calling", is in response to you saying you should be in advertising.

Guess the "typos suck" statement made absolutely no sense when you didn't see the typo, huh?

Hoover Maneuver said...

Ahhh...makes sense Monique. Thanks for the clarification. Yeah...typos do suck!

You're right. All of the sudden, little people are walking right into the screen. It's so distracting and, like you said, "creepy."