So I hear there is a football game being played tonight. I’m not watching it. I’m not sure which teams are playing.
Nor do I care. I haven’t cared in a few years.
Not long ago, or maybe last year, I was talking to someone who asked me if I was going to watch “The Game.”
I said, No.
And then she said, “I’m just going to watch it for the commercials.”
And I said, or perhaps asked, “Did you hear what you just said?”
There was no reply, so I felt the need to fill the silence with words, “You are going to watch TV just to watch paid advertisements. Advertisements that companies have spent millions of dollars on for the sole purpose of inducing you to spend money on something you probably don’t really need. (There’s a bit of a dramatic pause here.) Just so they can make more money. (And this part is a bit quieter or more quiet if quieter isn’t a word, and it may not be.) Capitalism has won.” (I’m shaking my head slightly at this point.)
I don’t remember how the rest of the conversation went.
But we’re still friends. Though I don’t hear from her as much as I used to. But it’s probably not because of that conversation.
And really, if you’re like most people, and let’s face it, I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, most people are like most people, you will probably see these commercials 1000 times in the not too distant future. So why the need to see it the first time it appears?
I think it’s a little weird, but I chalk it up to societal conditioning and a general lack of interest in giving much thought to most everything,
I don’t think I’ll get to the end of my life and look back and say, “I wish I had watched more football.”
And I know I won’t look back and regret not having seen the premiere of a commercial.
But that’s just me.
So instead of football and commercials, I’m drinking a little wine, listening to some favorite tunes and sharing my thoughts with the universe.
How are you spending the evening?