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#35: Have you ever noticed how late night talk shows, like Leno and Letterman, have so many commercials? Sometimes I feel like I'm watching late night commercials with narration by Letterman or Leno, who appear to become less and less funnier as life continues. I swear I heard people cheering when Letterman said, "We dropped four two thousand pound bombs on Saddam."

But I could be wrong. I was pouring rat poison into my drink, in a futile attempt to end this late night life of mine.

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mariness
Apr. 11th, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC)
Well, no, because over here in the States, all television is saturated with commercials.

Except for that Masterpiece Theatre showing of the adaptation of some George Eliot book, and even that could be taken as a commercial for a) 19th century novels b) horses c) wedding planners d) horoscopes (I've always felt that Eliot's characters really needed to figure out how to get fate on their side) e) life jackets (not that anybody was exactly wearing one but if one of them had been she wouldn't have been nearly drowned which would admittedly have ruined one of the plot lines but on the bright side would have saved that nice costume she was wearing) f) a vacation in those grand English houses g) a vacation in Monte Carlo h) any vacation whatsoever i) pianos j) aquamarine jewlery (nothing says "I'm going to save you from the evil consequences of reckless gambling" like aquamarine jewelry does) k) career training.

Entertainment itself is a commercial.

Or maybe I just haven't slept enough this week.
benpeek
Apr. 11th, 2003 05:14 pm (UTC)
hmm. i'm starting to think i need some aquamarine jewelry to save me from evil...

anyhow, so what you're saying, is that it's the usual practice to have three minutes of a show and two minutes of commercials? or are there actually more commercials on at late night?
mariness
Apr. 12th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
Well, usually eight minutes of a show and five minutes of commercials. Which is close to the same ratio, really.

And then of course you have the problem of the commercials that are built into the show in the first place.

benpeek
Apr. 12th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
that's true. but i sorta take it that i am going to have subliminal advertising at me. i think maybe it's why i like cartoons, but then, really, sometimes they're just a giant advertisment, aren't they?

it's a consumer culture: consume or starve culturally.
mariness
Apr. 14th, 2003 05:07 am (UTC)
Grumble
So LJ did eat my first reply to this, sigh.

ANyway, I think I started with the point that it all depended upon the cartoon, and mentioned Spirited Away, or something like that, and then ranted for a bit about dinosaur movies, and then moved on to note, completely irrelevantly, that I had indeed written something erotica about a fedora hat, in fact, two somethings.

It was an elegant, beautiful post, one of my best dialogues ever. And alas, all lost.

benpeek
Apr. 14th, 2003 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Grumble
sigh.

i've decided, you know, that you're a teaser. a tease. dangling all these things before me, and then pulling them right back. sniffle.

anyhow, you know, i didn't like SPIRITED AWAY that much. it was creative in what it looked like, but it's plot was pretty simple and resolved itself way to quick. i enjoyed PRINCESS howeveryouspellit much more.
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