I decided that if a guy has enough energy to lug two cast-iron bathtubs up a mountain, then he probably doesn't need Cialis.
That was my first thought when I saw all the drug ads in the US ... is this legal?
And yes, it is repugnant.
Information about these things should definitely be available ... used to be you looked it up at the library ... but to me, all the ads are giving the impression that everyone should be on a long list of medications.
I'm guessing it must be illegal to broadcast that sort of thing here in Australia too.
Where we used to live (north of Melbourne) there was an ad that ran on TV showing a group of cyclists riding through an area where we often cycled. Then it focussed in on a particular cyclist and cut away to that cyclist in regular clothes doing something else (i.e. running a small local business) ... then it focussed in on another cyclist and cut away to that cyclist in regular clothes doing something like playing with children at home ... and so on with several of the cyclists.
Meanwhile the narrator was saying something along the lines of "Please be cautious around cyclists, we're not just cyclists, we're the people you do business with, we have families, we teach in your schools, etc. etc."
In other words, cyclists are real people who you interact with every day ... please try not to run them over.
I thought it was a good concept.
I saw something like that in an ad or two here in Tasmania too. I hope they run more of them.
A few observations on US television advertising: If you ever watch the national news you'll really notice all the pharmaceutical advertising. Looks like only us geezers watch the news. I agree making these ads legal was not in the interest of the health of a nation.
I get so tired of local advertising from personal injury law firms....I remember when insurance companies were generally perceived as honest and tried to reach fair settlements. I wonder how much more we all pay in insurance premiums so that PI lawyers can get their large slice of the pie. I found an especially obnoxious ad in a phone book on a recent travel (see attached).
Also how much the number of ads have increased over the last 10 years or so. TV movies are the worst as the ads increase once you're "into" the movie. A 2 hr movie can easily got to 3 hrs with commercials.
The only positive thing I can bring to this discussion (and many will see this as a negative) is how musicians are now selling their popular songs for advertising. I've mentioned before on music threads how much harder it is for musicians to make money selling CD's and "paid for" downloads. Selling their work to advertisers has become much more accepted among artists and I'm fine with that. The most recent is Target using the "Kids in America" theme for back-to-school.
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Last edited by Deal4Fuji; 07-16-14 at 07:14 AM.
I understand it's easy for many people to dismiss atrocities that occur far outside their sphere of experience because of how common such atrocities seem to occur in news media, etc. But don't you think it's different for most people when they are the operator of the vehicle/deadly-weapon used to commit the atrocity?
On the other hand, there always seems to be those drivers who like to speed by extra close just to be 'living on the edge.'
Last edited by tandempower; 07-16-14 at 08:45 AM.
All I was saying was that it doesn't really make sense to make emotional appeals not to run cyclists over unless drivers are so indifferent that that would be the only reason they would avoid doing so. I think I have the most difficulty communicating with you of everyone on this forum. Are you intentionally difficult or is it just a coincidence?
If you really want to know ... about your negativity ... when you type you paint such a depressingly bleak picture of the world. I don't see the world as such a bleak place. I think the world is a beautiful place and I'm happy with the way things are ... most things.
And with regard to the topic ... I'm impressed with all the cycling ads on TV. I think it's great!
What I'm getting tired of is the ****loads of pharmaceutical ads being aired, though not as high a density that cigarette commercials that where aired in years past.
But Australia doesn't have the drug ads either.
Most of our ads are furniture or insurance or something to do with sports ... stuff like that.
Sigh, and just a few months ago people in this subforum were telling me there was no such thing as the "I don't even own a TV" guy.
Though today, DVR is a boon in zapping many commercials.
Last edited by dynodonn; 07-18-14 at 09:03 AM.
I have not had cable TV for some time and freebie digital reception sucks in my area--of the channels we could receive on decent reception days, more than half was Public TV stations. Also not motivated to for receivers, boosters, antennae, etc. So basically no TV for 5+ years. DVD player got a workout.
Living situation has changed and I'm now half-living with my mentally disabled adult son... who has gratis cable TV as part of his living arrangement.
It's amazing how easy one can get sucked right back into being a TV viewer if it's available. Recently, though, I've started noticing the commercials. Not content, just that there are a lot of them. Seems like a lot more of them than I was used to. It's turned me back off of TV and I pretty much limit my viewing to news. And South Park reruns. I haven't checked out Adult Swim lately because I don't want to start enjoying TV again...
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.