Friday, February 08, 2013

Two Radio Ads

I heard two PSA/advertisements on the radio this morning; let's take a paragraph or so to look at each of them.

One

     How messed up has our world become that we have to advertise tap water?  I am going to pause for a minute to let that sink in.

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Yeah, that's pretty messed up, isn't it?  But our federal government apparently couldn't stand the success of the bottled water industry anymore, because there is was on my car radio this morning.  An adversitement touting the qualitites of tap water.  Apparently is it the best thing since sliced bread.  I question a little bit the strategy of spending money advertising something that over 60% of Americans have in their homes by law, but hey, who am I to know anything?  I am also wondering why the tap water industry has to be so greedy.  I mean, they already have the toilet flushing, showering, and car washing industries all to themselves.

Two

     Apparently there is a dangerous serial killer on the loose in the United States, and the authorities have taken to the airwaves in order to alert the public.  Trains.  They are on the loose and I am willing to bet there is even one in your community RIGHT NOW!  And it is coming for you.  Apparently, people have become too stupid to be able to stay out of the way of trains: thousand ton, giant, loud machines that shake the ground and who can only follow a predetermined path that is laid out on the ground for you to see.  Wow.  So now we have ads on the radio telling people to stay off the train tracks.  So sad.  My view: if you can't stay out of the way of the train, then maybe you deserve to be run over.  The only exception to that rule: the damsel in distress in the old Westerns who always seems to be tied to the train tracks be the evil villain.  That's not her fault.

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