Firstly, my apologies to those who come here looking for my regular wit and wisdom. Normal programming will resume after this brief interruption.
I have a message for Corporate America: LEAVE ME ALONE!
It all started with the gas pumps. I remember a time, not that long ago, when Muzak was confined to the big stores at the mall. Then the gas pumps began playing it. I was annoyed, but I put up with it. Then they switched from music to advertising.
More recently, the pumps we use at work started running video advertising. Now there are TVs on the ceiling at Wal-Mart, the mall, the train station, and the airport. This afternoon I rode a C&J bus which had four televisions within my field of view, all showing the same episode of Gomer Pyle, USMC. Arrrgh!
Advertisers know that the human eye is drawn to motion. This human MIND, however, has had enough. I have an iPhone, an iPod, and a laptop computer. I’ve owned every personal entertainment device since the original Walkman. If I want audiovisual entertainment, I will provide my own. More importantly, if I don’t I will TURN IT OFF.
So hear me, Corporate America: I will not shop at your establishment if you assault my senses with unwanted audible and visual stimuli. I’m even willing to pay slightly more money for gas which comes from a quiet pump, and I already shop online and pay shipping costs to avoid stores which overwhelm.
If you want my business, turn off the TV. Who’s with me?
We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogging.