What is your typical reaction to government-created Public Service Announcements?
PSA's often saturate sponsor spots on television and the radio. What is your typical reaction to them? And how practical and truthful do you feel the information they promote really is?
I always wonder why taxpayers fund this garbage. Plus, it advertises to the lowest common denominator in society: those who are too stupid to figure things out on their own.
I always stop whatever I am doing and pay attention. They wouldn't make the announcements unless they were important... or would they?
Many years ago, when I listened to media, I found them accurate. But I never paid attention - they were obvious and I was acting on them already if they were relevant to me. Now, I probably wouldn't even notice them, but I don't even come close, because I don't connect to any media that includes commercials.
There is usually a political agenda behind the message unfortunately. I skip past (or tune out) the majority of them.
I learn to read between the line. Most of the time it is just a promotion of their own politacal agenda at Tax payer expense.
For the most part, PSAs are useless. However, every now and then, one will pop up that may cover something you have not read about. Also, with an all volunteer military, there has to be some PSA regarding the benefits of being in the military and the options that are available
They do not bother me any more than any other commercial, especially those you watch at night about all the wonderful items that you cannot examine in the store but only get through this special offer and then get a second one free, for separate shipping and handling--those are the ones that irritate me the most.
A beer commercial I do not pay for because I generally do not drink beer. Car commercials are fun, but I drive a nine year old model. Commercials for "medications" are scary, do people really suffer all that in the millions and not drink healthy herbal teas? Commercials for tv shows are always exciting and fun.
I pay directly for PSA's. And they piss me off because they are not what I would pay for. Second hand smoke cartoons are weird. Cancer campaigns just get dollars to lobbyists. Say no to drugs only works as calling cards to drug pimps who ask "why" of their 13 year old clients, who then think try. Campaigns for any gov. qualified Union are sick and twisted. Anything to do with health care is bonko's.
I do reckon you got my opinion - sorry for the rant.
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