Tuesday, October 13, 2015

diatribe № 1

“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald 

I am not the only one. I am against the death penalty, i am nearly a pacifist; but certain exceptions pass across my mind.

GMC pickup truck commercial has annoying noise that would be background theme 'music', this has become common, and happens during a local 'newscast', as an outro after the 'tease' before a commercial break, and as an intro. That is bad enough, but the most annoying bullshit is one about baseball calling a pitcher 'a Rembrandt'—absolute bullshit. This insults art aficionados, baseball fans, and people with respect for any of the language arts.

Television shows used to have censors who concerned themselves with risqué elements. There should be an office for one concerning mendacity and bullshit, but this the United States where lies are to be respected as if they were not lies. But that might begin an avalanche, to-day lying shysters who defame the language, and then an eventual to-morrow where 'Fox' must disappear.

Please allow for a marked decrease in sales for GMC. And the Matthew McConaughey commercials for Lincoln, well that too. “It’s not about huggin’ trees. It’s not about bein’ wasteful, either. Just gotta find that balance. Where taking care of yourself takes care of more than just yourself. That’s the sweet spot.”. Bullshit.

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