I hate advertising… (FRANK AND GORDON MUST DIE!)

19 03 2008

One of the few things that really irks me is that you cannot get away from is advertising.  It’s everywhere… you see it on everything: buildings, vehicles, road signs, television, radio ads, virtually any print material, riding the bus, train, taxi, you name it!

I don’t think it really struck me as to how ugly it can be until I moved back to Canada from the UK.  Not that the UK does not have advertising but I don’t think they have quite taken it to the extent which North America has embraced it.  Our good neighbours to the south even take it one step further; my first steps off the plane in Vegas had a billboard in my face showing where I could go to shoot guns.  Less than 24 hours later I saw a roadside billboard advertising a legal firm that specialized in suing lawyers (next logical step I suppose). 

Some ads grate on your nerves more than other.  I don’t think there has been an ad campaign that has driven me nuts more than the Bell Mobility Frank & Gordon ads.  God knows why.  The voices in my head tell me that FRANK AND GORDON MUST DIE!  They are so irritating.  If you took any notice of them at all you would have a new mobile phone each week and you would also be stupid enough to watch feature length films on a phone screen (this has to be the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a LONG time).  They are EVERYWHERE.  I don’t watch television and I still can’t avoid them.  I turn on the radio and I hear their whiny little voices telling me how great Bell phones are an I must have this completely useless feature they are bleating on about.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!  I can’t take it anymore MAKE THEM STOP!  Oddly enough these animated characters are apparantly really popular and people love them… I can’t work that one out.  Maybe this explains why Alberta voted conservative again….

I don’t know if other people conscious or unconsciously make a decision like intentionally making a point of not shopping at a place that has adverts that annoy you.  I will certainly never consider a Bell phone because I hate the Frank/Gordon ads so much.  I don’t go to Tony Romas for a meal because I can’t stand the radio sports guy Bryan Hall (who is *WELL* past his sell by date).  I used to try and listen to the sports show he did but it was just too damn irritating and it might as well have been called the Tony Romas show because that’s all he seemed to bang on about.

Advertising is a necessarily evil, I appreciate and acknowledge that.  If you have a product or service you need to tell people about it in order to make sales of it.  That’s fine… but please Bell (and others I’m sure)… enough is enough.

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11 10 2008
James

I agree with your post, some great points. I’ve even set up a blog about my view on annoying ads (http://advertsruineverything.typepad.com/). I came across your post whilst researching. Cheers, James

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