I don’t subscribe to any social networks like Facebook or twitter, so I thought Coffee Lounge might be an acceptable place for this rant.
Most TV viewers in this country either subscribe to cable or satelite systems. We pay for this “service”, but more and more, there are programs that are infomercials that are all over the place. I’m talking about ones like “Dyson vs Shark”, “Ninja mixers”, “Magic Bullets”, etc. Many of these take up the entire 1/2 hour time period. They are presented like they were entertainment programs. I will be told “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. The point is; whether we watch it or not, we are still paying for it.
Remember when you could watch the Super Bowl for free? Not anymore; you have to pay to watch it. That goes for all sporting events on TV. As a result, I don’t follow sports; I cant see shelling out $120 + to watch one football game when my only interest may only be one team.
It would be nice if we could adopt the English system. Everyone pays a TV tax; no commercials. The variety of programming may not be as great, but the quality is much better than here. Here we have programs like honey boo boo, intimate sex toys, housewives, wifes bootcamp, etc. I don’t watch them, but I’m still paying for them. True, there are some programs worthwhile watching, like TCM, Science channel. The only alternative for people like me is to not to watch TV at all. That would be fine with me, but the missus watches her favorite programs.
It wasn’t till after a short time after TV hit the airwaves that merchandisers realized there was a tremendous audience out there ripe for the picking. As the audience grew, merchandisers also grew to the point where TV is now the premier source for customers. The internet appears to be going that direction too. I can forsee the day when I will unplug the TV and the computer and never turn them back on again.