TV Commercials and Ads are out of Control!

TV Commercials are out of control!

Not only do they blast the volume every time they come on but now I am forced to listen to member and orgasm enhancement ads with my 87-year-old grandfather! It’s embarrassing to the nth degree. Especially since he already plays the TV loud enough for people walking down the street to hear. For awhile I tried taking control, turning the mute button on every time a commercial came on but even that strategy was starting to get on my nerves. For some reason it made me even more anxious when I “heard” the commercial, like they were getting one over on me and/or winning and I just couldn't stand it.

I think the only thing left to do is to completely unplug the TV. It’s finally come to that. I am just going to have to go cold turkey and just say no to the mindless, zombifying, manipulative blue screens. What will become of me! Actually, I've already started the detoxification. I've cut down my TV viewing to about 2 movies and one TV show per week, even with this TV diet I am still annoyed at the intrusive commercials and have made it my goal to eradicate this abomination of Hollywood completely. Unfortunately, like other Hollywood monsters, it just doesn't die with one stroke. Like the bad guys and aliens and zombies that refuse to lay down and die it often takes more than one blow to completely kill the enemy.

However, since cutting down on my nasty TV viewing habit I have found that I have so much time that I don’t know what to do with it all. I've discovered things like music and books and physical exercise again. It’s amazing, unlike TV, these past times are completely unobtrusive. They don’t come with commercial interruptions and you can read or listen or do whatever you choose instead of what someone chooses for you. What a concept!

In closing I would just encourage you all to just say NO to TV and its accompanying TV commercials and ads, just say no to the forced thievery of your time, your mind and your will and who knows you might just be saying yes to a better more enriched life. In fact, I'm sure of it!


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majicat 7 years ago

Great post, Karen.

I am with you all the way. I felt shame that when Billie Mayes died that I was somewhat overjoyed. I had grown to hate the tone of his voice, the way he yelled at me every time he pitched his oxyclean. I love movies but I cannot stand broadcast TV because of the commercials. twenty minutes out of every hour spent putting up with pitches for junk food or the latest pharma.

I think that Dylan said it best:

"One time in London I'd gone out for a walk, Past a place called Hyde park where people talk 'Bout all kinds of different gods, they have their point of view To anyone passing by, that's who they're talking to. There was someone on a platform talking to the folks About the T.V. god and all the pain that it invokes. "It's too bright a light", he said, "For anybody's eyes, If you've never seen one it's a blessing in disguise." I moved in closer, got up on my toes, Two men in front of me were coming to blows The man was saying something 'bout children when they're young Being sacrificed to it while lullabies are being sung. "The news of the day is on all the time, All the latest gossip, all the latest rhyme, Your mind is your temple, keep it beautiful and free, Don't let an egg get laid in it by something you can't see." "Pray for peace!". he said, you could feel it in the crowd. My thoughts began to wander. His voice was ringing loud, "It will destroy your family, your happy home is gone No one can protect you from it once you turn it on." "It will lead you into some strange pursuits, Lead you to the land of forbidden fruits. It will scramble up your head and drag your brain about, Sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out." "It's all been designed", he said, "To make you lose your mind, And when you go back to find it, there's nothing there to find." "Everytime you look at it, your situation's worse, If you feel it grabbing out for you, send for the nurse." The crowd began to riot and they grabbed hold of the man, There was pushing, there was shoving and everybody ran. The T.V. crew was there to film it, they jumped right over me, Later on that evening, I watched it on T.V.."("TV talkin' Blues" Bob Dylan


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

Boy, they don't hail him as a prophet for nothing do they! It was bad enough when the worst thing on commercials were for feminine products now the things they advertise would make a whore blush!


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Brie I am not a big fan of TV either till football season . I might recommend DVRing the show you like , you can blast through the commercials . I probably spend more time loitering here on HP then anything else .


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm kind of getting into the abstinence of it all!


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Yeah It Is amazing that we find we really do not need TV. Which Is why I refuse to spend $2500.00 for a device I will hardly use . Besides I am sure Manhattan Is far more Interesting then TV !


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

It truly is!


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Moonchild60 7 years ago

I mute my television every time the commercials come on. The other day while my husband was watching a baseball game I saw one that actually used flatulence as part of it's pitch. I thought "is nothing sacred anymore?" Tonight I enjoyed 60 minutes and my husband, as usual, watched C-span books and Channel 13. Some television is worth watching but never the commericals.


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, there are some shows that are good but I can usually find them online.


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Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

I watch TV only at night right before bed. I get so irritated with the commercials. I had DTV for a while but don't have it now, and that was good. HGTV and channels like it, National Geographic, Speed Channel, A few Christian Channels that I liked. All without annoying and embarrassing commercials. I think i'm going to bite the bullet and get DTV again. We live out in the country and don't get cable.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I hear ya.  I quit TV a long time ago except for News and Cubs baseball games.  I do watch a lot of movies and documentaries but I rent them from Netflix.  I enjoyed your words.


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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks James


Al Howard 6 years ago

WE need help. You buy a $1000 tv from a store, But wait, The tv will not do anything unless you sign up for an expensive provider. Then we are held captive to the never ending commercial barrage. It even seems that the commercials have been timed on all channels to prevent channel switching to avoid their annoying interruptions of an entertaining program! If tv reception was free then I could see them having control, But when you pay for programming it should not include commercials. Consumers need to start invoking their power of choice.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Amen Al!

To Everyone who has commented in the last 2 months: For some reason my email notification was off so I wasn't notified when you wrote your comments. Thanks for commenting and I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond in a timely manner.


Joe 6 years ago

Nice post. I am not a big fan of the commercial interruptions. I enjoy sports, good movies and some interesting or educational stuff. I do not watch sitcoms, tv dramas, reality shows, etc. When watching commercial tv I try to be productive. When a commercial is aired I straighten up, exercise, read magazines or newspapers, or do crosswords or some other puzzle, while muting the loud obnoxious ads. When my show is over, my home is clean. I also have 2 DVR's so I can fast forward the intrusions. I bought the TV's and I pay the cable and the electric bills, so I will decide what I will and will not watch.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Good to have a plan Joe, thanks for writing.


Rick 6 years ago

Interestingly enough, most TV ads are for cheap plastic household items you don't need, designer disease drugs with way more risks than benefits and diet foods which are toxic. Cable TV costs pay for as much as 40 percent commercial airtime. And they are for shows that only appeal to lowbrow poor taste audiences. And so the only entertainment option is to flock to the web. Meanwhile, we see more video ads online and the corporatocracy is trying to turn the net into the new idiot box as we speak. No wonder I live in the TV good old days past.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

So true, so true.


Patricia 5 years ago

I find tv commercials vary disturbing,I set and watch tv with my grandchildren and the ads make me vary uncomfortable,I really don't think it's that important to be on all day,they could wait till after 9 o'clock at night.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I do too!


joe 3 years ago

just returned from 3 years in the middle east. i guess i got used to watching movies and tv shows online with netflix etc over there, because i cant believe how out of control commercials have gotten here. it just seems like it should be illegal for a service provider to charge money when they're showing commercials at least 30% of the time. feels like i'm paying 100 bucks a month to have a snake oil salesman sit in my living room and shove his product in my face every 10 minutes for 4 minutes at a time.


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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

I totally understand...it's maddening. I don't know why people even have T.V's anymore.


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lambofJesus2001 18 months ago

I think there are way too many commercials on all the tv programs now days. I find it frustrating to follow a tv program when over half of the program time is filled with ads that I would never buy, and I do mean NEVER! ALL the commercials I see are on mute until the show comes back on! I enjoy the tv programs I watch.


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Brie Hoffman 18 months ago from Manhattan Author

I mute them too when I do watch. Kind of makes you wonder how they get their money out of them.

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