I'm afraid this is going to turn into a bit of a rant so forgive me now, but I'm having a hard time with this world of instant gratification! Especially when it comes to watching TV shows.
Nowadays, as you well know, there's a myriad of ways to watch our favorite shows: Netflix, the internet, On Demand, the list goes on and on. No longer do we have to watch a TV show when it's on or risk never seeing it again. Even if we don't have Netflix or what have you, most people have DVRs and can just record their shows and watch them later...and skip commercials. And here is where my rant comes into play.
I LOVE commercials. 'What?' you say, 'who the heck loves commercials? Who has time for them anymore?' Well, let me tell you why.
Need I say more?! Oh sure there's the pause button but it's a lot harder in an intense show to make ourselves push that pause button. See? Commercials give us that excuse to be kind to our bladders.
2 I hate, HATE when I see a hilarious commercial and ask someone if they've seen it and not only do they say , 'no, I don't watch "regular TV"' but they look at me like I'm the scum of the earth for still doing so! Well, sorry! Forgive me for not wanting to fork over thousands of dollars a month on instant gratification!
Uh, so anyway, the point is that while most TV commercials are maddening there are some hilarious ones that, more often than not, are funnier than the sitcom I'm watching. And now there's so few people who can even enjoy a laugh with me.
3 I love music. I'm always looking for some new song to discover and blast from the speakers so many times it becomes annoying, even to me. And where, you ask, do I discover these new (to me) songs? Why, from commercials, of course. I have 40 songs on my iPod that were discovered from commercials. And even more if you consider it introduced me to, not just the song, but to the band.
4 Yeah, alright when you're really into a show and there's some big gasp moment and then it goes to commercial it can drive you crazy, but isn't that half the fun? Don't shows lose some of their excitement when there's no break? If you can just click a button and skip the commercials, or the commercials have just been taken out all together, then what's the fun? Where's the tension?
5 Commercials are meant to advertise and I, for one, have found some fun things because of them. Remember the yummy 5alarm burrito from Taco Time. Yep, commercial. How do I know that Blizzards at Dairy Queen are buy one get one for 99 cents through the month of March? Commercial. Hmmm, upon second thought, maybe I don't like what these commercials do for my waistline. ;)
I highly doubt my rant has converted you into watching commercials and that's fine but could people please stop looking at me like I'm crazy when I mention a funny one?!
Phew! Rant over.