You’re Selling What?!

You come on;
I mute you fast.
Don’t need that
cream to clear
a rash, or want
that cereal for
breaking fast.
No, don’t care
for that car
insurance that
costs much more
than what I’m
paying.
 
Bombarding me
with vast
temptation,
it’s an endless
hawking of
immense proportion.
 
Get outta my face,
you’re boring me,
I’m not lacto
intolerant, I love
my cheese.
 
Ask my doctor
about this cure…
you’ve got to be
kidding, it’s absurd.
Side affects alone
will do me in!
 
Eat this, drive that,
you know you want
it…come on, give in
you’ll be socially accepted.
 
You must, you have to,
buy it, have it; you’ve got to
keep up with all those Joneses.
Or better yet, go flying by them!
 
Oh no you don’t,
I’m immune to you,
your marketing squawks
don’t find their mark.
But even when I find you clever,
I take your ploys with healthy doubt.

Brian Miller has written an interesting article on the media blitz that we live under and invites us to use it as inspiration over at dVerse Poets:   http://dversepoets.com/2013/01/26/poetics-reaching-the-masses/

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  1. ha it is def scary some of the side affects they list…and they speak it fast too…ha…think i will keep my headache rather than have a body part whither overnight…lol…fun write, and nice flow to this…smiles…DVR has def saved the day…smiles.

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    • Yes, surely would rather keep the ailment than try the “cure”. Love the DVR and whipping through those commercials! Thanks, Brian.

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  2. Hawking! Hawking all of the time … twas good!

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  3. Looks like many of us are on the same page with regards to ads and commercials. 🙂 It’s funny the lengths some of them go to convince you that they know what’s good for you. Salesmen in lab coats and such. 😀

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  4. ha..it’s def. good to take their ploys with healthy doubt..and some of them ARE clever and work with all kind of tricks..

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  5. Yeah, loved this. Especially the “side effects’ part, because the lists are getting longer. I’m surprised that the FCC hasn’t banned drug ads, except… Big Pharma has Congress and the House of Reps in their pocket. It always comes down to money.

    Here’s the weird part: Even when we mute the commercials, we still watch. But we make up our own soundtracks, espec. for the drug ones: “Side effects include erections that last for more than five hours. If you are a WOMAN and experience this, see your doctor immediately!” Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/27/extra-extra-editorial-comment-by-moi/

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    • Oh, you’re so right about Big Pharma having loads of buddies in our government…money is the bottom line…nothing else…not our health and how blatently harmful many of these drugs are for us.

      And yeah, I admit I still watch but mostly to say to myself how ridiculous they are. I love those commercials where attorneys are looking for people who have suffered injury or death from a drug. Let me go run and get a shovel and dig up my dead uncle so he can make an appointment with you!!

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  6. They put commercials on radio too – it’s shocking just how fast they can rush through the small print…

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  7. Brilliant, Gayle! I object to the volume at which they broadcast commercials ~ far louder than the programmes they interrupt. Like you, we mute them so they may as well stop yelling at me, I’m not gonna buy their useless products anyway! 🙂

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    • I’m not going to buy their useless products either. You know in the U.S. they just passed a law where advertisers cannot raise the volume of their commercials. Yay!

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  8. You told her! (or was it a him?) 🙂
    das Fernsehgerät
    le téléviseur
    la TV
    在電視

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  9. Great poem! That’s why I DVR everything and watch it when I can fast-forward through the commercials. 😉

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  10. Hell yeah!
    “you’ve got to be
    kidding, it’s absurd.
    Side affects alone
    will do me in!” <—This. Heheh this whole poem was well written! And you know it touches a nerve to which all of us can relate! 🙂

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  11. Nicely barbed.
    It’s all enough to drive us crazy.

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