We recently made the decision to get a television for our house. We used to have one when we lived in Idaho, but when we moved, we decided we didn’t want to move it with us. For the past two years, we’ve made do with watching movies on our computers and finding our favorite television shows on the internet. It worked out really well for us and for the most part, we didn’t even miss it. But we finally tired of plugging the xBox into our monitors so that the kids could play and hearing them cry about wanting to watch some movie or other when we were busy doing important things like blogging or checking our facebook pages. And so we took a trip over to Walmart and found a modest little television. It’s not even flat screen! Can you imagine!
As soon as we got it home, we hooked everything up and plunked ourselves down on the couch for some quality zone-out time. We watched the news, some cartoons, and figured out what channels we receive. We didn’t spring for cable, but we get 33 different local channels here, including a movie channel, a cartoon channel, and one that shows only documentaries, so no big loss there. Something we had all forgotten about, and quite frankly hadn’t missed, was the commercials. There are so many more commercials during shows than I remember. The kids are fascinated with them. They’re like 30 second movies to them. What that mini-movie is about, however, is so very different to a child than what the rest of us see.
Take this commercial for example:
To the adult eye, its humor would appear to derive from seeing a surgeon, a job which requires steady hands and a clear head, going on and on about how much he luuuuuurves him some bourbon. But lo! It is not the drink which he desires, but a tasty new Kentucky Bourbon burger from Carl’s Jr. Ha! Good show, Carl’s Jr.!
My son is seven. All he saw when he watched it was a man carving up a human being and then enjoying a tasty meat patty covered in delicious toppings afterward. And I quote, "EWWWWW! HE’S EATING A MAN BURGER!"
Humor-Blogs.com thinks man burger sounds delicious!