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Monday, January 08, 2007

I hate bugs. Not the creepy crawly kind that scamper across the living room carpet--though I hate those too. No, I'm talking about the animated advertisements that creep across the bottom of the TV screen when I'm watching a good show. Not words or news, but actual animated people from other TV shows paying me an unwelcome visit.
The industry (Kevin tells me) calls these interruptions "bugs". Well. How appropropriate can you get? As if they knew these advertisements would bug viewers. I'm watching Cheaper by the Dozen at the moment and during the climax of the movie, the woman from The Closer crawls across my TV. She literally climbs onto my screen, lifts a ribbon of police tape, and crawls under it.

It puts me in mind of R2D2's holographic projections of Princess Leah on Star Wars. Only difference is the "bugs" on TV aren't warning us of impending doom to the universe. They're just commercials that can't wait for commercial time. Now, we get commercials between the commercials.

Personally, I wish the bugs would crawl back where they came from and let me enjoy my shows in peace. Somebody bring in the exterminator. Please.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:42 AM  
  Comments (11)
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At 10:38 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Ahhh. I never knew they were called bugs. I had this same thing "bug" me this weekend. We were watching a basketball game and I asked "Is that ref rollerskating?" My husband thought I'd lost my mind until he hit the rewind button on the DVR. He laughed so hard. He said "Sabrina that's an ad for another show."

It just came out of was I to know? LOL We've laughed about that all weekend.

At 7:44 AM, Blogger allen said...

I agree. Nothing like being in the most intense part of a show and having Bart Simpson walk onto the screen! Its getting worse than having commercials at movie theaters.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Glad I know the name of them now. Thanks!

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I've seen that "Closer" crawl too and always thought, "How weird?"

Make me not want to watch the show. LOL.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Nice to know those interruptions have a name because they really bug me too. :P

I agree with Rachel--seeing those pests on my favorite shows makes me not watch to watch their shows. Advertising can turn off viewers, as well as draw them in.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I couldn't agree more, D! For people like me who struggle with decision-making, those little ads nag at me to look at them, and I have this internal war going on, "Watch the Ad, Watch the Movie, Watch the Ad, Watch the movie." LOL!

Okay, so I'm a little ADD. While we're on the subject, should I mention I struggle with the ticker tape that runs beneath Fox news. Which do I watch? The actual news that's on TV or do I read the news that's running along beneath?

Oh, and when I'm at church, which screen do I read the lyrics on, the right screen or the left screen? See what I mean? Too many choices!!

I have issues. I know.

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Tina said...

I hate those things too! I didn't know what they were called, but what a perfect name for them.

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...


I have the same trouble with those tickers on the news. I can't do both, so which one do attend to?

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Now that is just tacky! Where will all the ad stuff end? Sheesh, I'm with you, D.

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm it's not princess Leah it's princess LEIA..sorry just a star wars fan...

At 4:58 PM, Blogger allen said...

I wasn't going to say anything, but congrats on both a movie and a sci-fi reference!


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