You Do Believe Advertising, Don’t You? (You’re Paying For It!)

CommercialOld folks can recognize an interesting change in American life that is unrecognizable to the young. A perennial condition, we suppose. This case has to do with commercial advertising.

First radio, then TV provided entertainment free to listeners and then to viewers by offering commercial advertisers slots to sell their wares to the audience. These ads were called then, “commercials” and much bemoaned and ignored by the audience. But they were paying the freight.

The advertisers, for example: Wells Fargo Bank, avoided political topics because such would naturally offend the folk of the party opposed to whatever political topic was being presented. Commercial advertisers wanted customers; they did not want to offend anyone. If a topic was politically sensitive, you never saw it on a commercial. What intelligent businessman wishes to annoy a customer?

Well, as the saying goes; that was then. This is now. And this is a Wells Fargo Bank ad that will feature a Lesbian couple. A commercial with a blatantly political theme and a partisan one at that. That’s a change! Actually, it’s two changes: Lesbians of our acquaintance have tended to dislike men; now, they are required to dislike both men and Republicans.

Note that this is not about Lesbians per se. Some have been our friends and fellow workers. Some have been members of our family. Chips fall where they may. This is about commercial advertising and its takeover by politicians. Part of the corrupt American Fascism referred to by Sarah Palin as “Crony Capitalism.”

See, we have heard that an upcoming Wells Fargo Bank ad will feature a Lesbian couple. Is the bank doing this to increase business? Given the common public attitude toward homosexuals, hardly. This is being done to please politicians who are expected to do things to please banks. The generic term is: “Corruption.”

The bank is ready to annoy some percentage f its customers to please the politicians. That is conclusive as to whom the bank sees as important, right?

This is no anomaly; political goals are now pervasive throughout what was once strictly commercial advertising. It was hard enough to believe the commercial stuff; with the political thrown in, the whole thing becomes fantasy. Patronizing prostitutes avoids responsibility only by risking disease. There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch! (TANSTAAFL, right?)

Now, we can’t believe the politicians OR the advertisers …It all falls upon willfully deaf ears. A costly waste … funded by the taxpayers who are also the consumers. Who ought to be doubly aware that they are being kidded, but ultimately, kidding only themselves as their politicians retire rich while voters wonder whether their children will ever be able to afford retirement.

In the meantime, banks sell political programs. Of course, they are heavily regulated by government … to ‘protect’ the public. Ain’t it great?

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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4 Responses to You Do Believe Advertising, Don’t You? (You’re Paying For It!)

  1. michael Curtis says:

    You may note that many of the liberal faithful, certainly not members due to actual facts, have an animosity for big business, wall street and the banking sector that steals from everyone. And yet the banks, hated by liberals, are supporting liberal causes. So who then is bought? The liberal representatives or are the banks bought by the democrats who have put this all together just to pull the wool over the Sheeple, wool that comes from the sheep in the first place. No one ever got ahead supporting a liberal. Supporting liberals just makes it take longer to fall.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Well, we’ve been assured that consistency is the bugaboo of small minds … And Barnum no doubt reiterated some ancient Greek in pointing out that a sucker is born every minute. , Add: And in a few years, begins to vote.

  2. the unit says:

    I guess I understand your point is that advertizing is becoming agenda oriented, the old time religion.
    Your can watch, none, some, so much as you like, or delete. Just an example of the old time religion advertizing, and along with the talent of the times, or maybe not so much talent. 🙂

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Amazing how Ted Mack hasn’t aged since the times I saw him on TV …

      We enjoyed the entertainment and ignored the commercials at will. We bought the product at will, too. Somehow, the idea of paying a bank for selling government programs devoid of choice, rankles …Grumpy, perhaps …

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