I like to watch television advertisements once in while. Some of them are well-crafted, somewhat a very short story shown for thirty seconds to a full minute.
For sure, they also break the monotony of a long viewing experience, giving viewers time to visit the rest room or in my case, sneak in and out of the Net.
I often go to the neighbors to watch whatever shows they preferred. I start with the news and leave before a telenovela series begins. I stay longer if a sports spectacle is on like a championship basketball match or if an international football competition interests me.
One time, I went to my godson’s house. They were only three in the household so there was slim chance a remote control fight for domination would take place.
The news was nearly finished so I began to prepare my exit.
“Ninong, look at the commercial,” he pointed to the screen. The half naked man was in front of the mirror shaving his beard. “Will I do that too?”
“Our family has no genes of facial hair,” his father replied, quickly intervening. “Be glad you won’t need to buy all those stuff.”
I could have seen him distraught. He probably imagined himself like the actor in the commercial when he grew up.
“Why show that on television? Men already know how to shave.”
Good point. However, he was not yet aware of the power of subliminal influence a commercial could provide to boost the sales of a product.
“You ask too many questions,” his mother reprimanded him. His distractions soured our concentration.
“He’s curious so I guess it’s okay.” He liked me because I often took his side.
The newscast was over so I stood up, ready to go back home to continue my online activities.
“Goodnight to you all.”
I was at the doorstep when I heard my godson asked his father when another familiar commercial came on the screen.
“Dad, why don’t they show on TV how to use a sanitary napkin? Where do they use them anyway?”
Frankly, I was grateful I was out of there. 😀