Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Today's gripe

It's been four years since the last Summer Olympics, so naturally, I'd forgotten how annoying it can be watching the events on television. For the past two nights, between about 8 and 9:30 p.m., what I saw was about 70 minutes of commercial messages broken up by 20 minutes of... beach volleyball (?!) and a little synchronized high diving (?!).

I couldn't take it anymore. Couldn't handle that insipid Oreos commercial with those too-cute little moppets anymore. I went to bed and curled up with a grim Dickens novel of poverty and desperation in the smoke-darkened streets of London.

Pure misery, with no commercial interruption.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean the smoke-blanketed streets of Beijing weren't dark enough for you?

Ellipses said...

I think Volleyball and Swimming are the only sports they are playing this time around... at least, that's all that's ever on when I hurriedly skip through whichever channel the Olympics is on...

-ellipses

raymond1230 said...

I could care less about the Summer Olympics..it's not worth my time..i would rather a good Jack Finney novel such as "Time And Again"..a great read.

Captain said...

I agree its way too commercialized and the commercials are often ridiculous. When the worldwide sponsors just dont have the disposable revenues we must live with what is left for advertisers. I would think that with technolgy, they could allow individualized programming for those who do want to watch. This time, at least, they have numerous channels which often have something I would like to watch. Now that swimming is coming to a close, I dont think the ratings will be as high as thay have been. If you are following the swimmers, I think we all must admit, they are amazing and fast. Go USA!