David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
David Brider

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We just want to sell you something you don't need. Which you can buy with the money you don't have.

I'm guessing other folks on the Flist might sympathise with this experience. Last night, you watched something on one of the channels that doesn't actually broadcast 24 hours a day (in this instance, the wonderfully mis-spelt "SYFY"). You flick on the TV the following morning, and it's now transmitting the "Teleshopping" channel, which seems to broadcast, in a non-stop loop, extended adverts for all manner of weird and wonderful products you had no idea existed and wouldn't, in all likelihood, need (or at least not at the prices they're offering). The latest was something called "Turbo Core", for improving your "abs". Which appears to be another way of saying, get a bit fitter and lose weight. Yes, buy this and lose pounds - at the very least the £90:00 you have to pay for the darned thing in the first place...

The thing is, though? The way the ad kept repeating the name of the product at every possible opportunity - and then just when you thought it had finished, mentioning something else they'll give you as a special free bonus if you buy now!! - made me think of this Peter Serafinowicz sketch. Which I now think is less of a "comedy sketch" and more of a "perfectly realistic impression of what goes on on the Teleshopping channel". You decide...


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