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My particular dislike, at this instant, is the use of the imperative in TV and radio trailers or advertisements. I resent being instructed what to do by an electronic box. I already own a sofa. I don't want another one. Stop telling me to buy one. If I wanted to be given irrational orders every 20 minutes with no hope of recourse or right of reply, I'd get (another) girlfriend*. And where would that leave the state of international football research !!11one
*[probably equivalent to a Rodney Dangerfield joke circa 1970]
The fact that they haven't even bothered to disguise their intentions using a subliminal message, which would at least show me some respect, but instead are directly insisting to me in plain English that I should buy this, or visit that, or invest in the other. And it's not just commercial adverts - I almost never watch any TV anyway and listen only to BBC radio which has no commercials, but now BBC has more and more internal advertisements for itself or its own upcoming programmes.
Machines that tell people what to do. I'm thinking of microwaves which beep endlessly when they're done, or fridges which protest about the door being left open for 30 seconds. Computers which interrupt what you're doing to update themselves, then spend more than half the time hanging on the 99th percentile, and demand to be restarted. You are tools, you are supposed to do as I bid. Don't answer back.
Any form of telephone. I like technology, when it works for me. Not when it interrupts me and insists on attention like a crying baby.
Lowest common denominator news reporting. Don't tell me that Geneva is in Switzerland. I know that. If I didn't know that, then most likely I wouldn't know where Switzerland was either. Then you might as well say "a far away place in the mountains".
Simpleton news/sport/traffic/weather readers inserting their own opinions or ad-libs into the hourly news bulletins, or hanging around to join in with the main show. You are not enlightened political commentators. You are automaton drones who could easily be replaced by a Tonka toy. Just read the news, then go back to your grotto for the next 58 minutes and be quiet.
Overheard this in a supermarket, between two checkout-staff "Is this on buy one get one free"? "No it's on two for t' price of one." It's better if you imagine it in a nasal female Yorkshire accent. No surprise they are being replaced by machines.
Last Edited By: TheRoonBa Oct 20 14 11:32 PM. Edited 1 time