Monday, 22 February 2016

Odd Couple of Things



You know what's odd? Odd is Canada's two all news channels rebranding themselves and building zippy sets to appeal to younger viewers some years back only to attract advertisers to the over 60 set. If I see one more add for a stair lift, a walk-in bath, I've fallen and I can't get up alarm or a Chip flip mortgage I'm going to throw something at my 50" Panasonic. That'd be odd.

Although maybe I'll soon need a stairlift to get me upstairs to my walk-in bath all bought with proceeds from my Chip flip mortgage! Now that would be odd.

You know what else I find odd? Those ad strips across the bottom third of You Tube videos. It's not enough most videos now start with an unstoppable 30 second ad. No. And TV networks have picked up on the idea and it's very distracting when you're watching something, especially sports, when it blocks out the puck, the basketball or the golf ball. Oh, I hate when that happens. Now that's odd.

You know, I bet soon there'll be ad strips across ads. That'd be really odd.

While we're on the matter of media you know what else is odd? The letting go of reporters and editors from newspapers, television and radio news operations - sometimes the shutting down of papers and stations themselves.That's really odd. Why? Because who the hell's going to hold big government and big business to account?

I for one would be willing to put up with stair lift ads in bands across the bottom of my screen if only we could retain decent investigative journalists. Isn't that odd?

Over at Studio30+ the prompt is quirky/odd this week, hence the quirky post.


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