December 8, 2009

Thirty Second Pissing Contest

Filed under: Christmas Time!,Foodz,Idiot Box,Rants — Katrina @ 1:42 pm

You know what I’m sick of? Commercials that are basically nothing but a pissing contest between two rival companies. You get pretty much no actual information about their products. Just basically “the other guy sucks ass!” I mean, true, that’s about what advertising is, but it seems to be less about advertising and more about expensively airing a stupid spat.

I know right now we’re all thinking of the same spat. Microsoft vs. Mac. The “I’m a PC” crap versus the “I’m a Mac” crap. The Mac ads with the conversation with the “hip, young Mac” against the “old stuffy PC”, so they’re at least mildly ageist. And the PC ads all like “Macs are expensive and shitty, lulz”. Goddamn, STFU both of you.

It’s bad enough our entertainment is being interrupted to view these things, but they also are mindnumbing.

There are others. The epic battle between Comcast and Verizon FiOS. Our picture is better! No, our picture is better! Our customer service is better! No, our customer service is better! You know, here’s a thought. Having used both of you, I can honestly say you both suck slimy elephant ass, so maybe with all the energy you put into your little televised spat you could actually improve your product and technology and customer service. What an idea!

Verizon versus AT&T? I’ve also used both of them and they both suck ass. Hey, Verizon, your big fancy map is impressive, but you still drop calls all the time and my phone was useless when I was in England three months ago. And AT&T, all those post cards are impressive, but how’s about some customer service?

And some really annoying ones from a while ago… Campbells versus Progresso. The Progresso ads were all like “durr, I used to eat that condensed crap, but then I grew up!” Yay, ageism! Then the Campbells ads came back with “well how come your grown up soup doesn’t have all these fancy ingredients?” Of course, it was two entirely different kinds of Campbells soup in the two ads. Then again, when Progresso’s only argument against their condensed soup is the age of the eater, then Campbells can’t really dignify it with a response. More recently, though, they were running more ads about how Campbells select uses organic ingredients and low sodium, as opposed to Progresso just tasting like liquefied MSG. Just one problem. The vast majority of Campbells soup contains MSG and non-organic ingredients. So when they talk about how bad those ingredients are in trying to cut down Progresso, they’re also shooting down most of their own product.

Ads like these are probably the sole reason people switch to TiVo.

1 Comment

  1. I want Adblock Plus for my TV.

    Comment by Kevin — December 10, 2009 @ 9:36 am

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