For those wanting a well-earned break from politics, this guest post from Joseph might help fill your day with something different. There are a couple of things stuck in Joseph’s craw which I can certainly relate to.
Anyway, over to Joseph:
Free To Air is nothing more than an advertising vehicle.
When did you see something with substance and entertainment value? Apart from the ABC and SBS there’s very little to watch and even then they are very old imported European and UK television programs, repeated ad nauseum.
On the commercial channels it’s just a whole load of stupid aggressive, confronting, violent, mind-numbing American crap.
The advertising on commercial TV is an obscenity and nothing too intelligent. All day, every day, insurance policies – for example – are being pushed at you with the most stupid connections and reasons. Most of these, in collusion with the banks and the two major supermarkets are directed back to a German Insurance company and when you actually read the terms and conditions, you in fact get less, if anything, than the cost of your premiums.
I find it very difficult to watch anything on Australian Television and even on-line subscriptions are somewhat limited in their content. We had a whole day on commercial channels spruiking the Melbourne Cup, Bris31 showing Chinese news and SBS broadcasting American news. The ABC just follows along and reports as “News” the sporting events and reiterating what the commercial TV stations and the newspapers are saying.
We as an Australia population are in dire straights with this level of commercial and stupidity being pushed at us from all broadcasting networks. Maybe we could say “no” and inform the networks that “We are as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more”.
And I’m also sick of receiving advertising material in my mail box. It never lets up despite a sign that says quite categorically “No Junk Mail”.
Apparently these purveyors of marketing trash think that it’s not “junk mail”: it is obviously of importance to society – so they think – but God knows how many trees were chopped down and pulped to make such a volume of useless paper.
Everything goes straight into the recycle bin. I don’t even bother looking at them. Because I live in what is regarded as a “Wealthy Suburb” it seems that I’m inundated with all this marketing crap.
We live in a brain-numbing society.