Saturday, July 10, 2010

Product Placement Ads

There are always exceptions but, let's face it, most people don't like commercials. I mean, there is a certain demographic consisting of males from the ages of, say, 13 - 105 (no offense meant) who get sucked in by the Da-wah-nica Patrick, "Go to my website and watch me take off the rest of my top" come-ons, and guys who also thought the horse passing gas in that infamous beer commercial was the funniest thing they'd ever seen. But, in their defense, most of them are plotzed when they're watching the commercials anyway.

Even though we don't like commercials, we seem to tolerate them because they help bring us the shows, sporting events and such we want to watch.

Lately (if by "lately" we mean the past several years), however, DOOL has been hitting us with a barrage of product placement ads which, best I can tell, everyone hates regardless of race, creed, color, sex or other demographic. In other words, the same people who tolerate, even like commercials almost universally hate product placement ads.


I will ignore the fact that product placement ads have been shown to be effective even when subtle, and that DOOL PPAs are anything but subtle. Remember the movie, "The Italian Job" with all those little cars running around. I don't think that movie mentioned the name of those cars, but I do know it was proven to contribute to a surge in their popularity. Or the Governator taking a big long pull on a can of Crapa-Cola just makes you hanker for a Crapa, doesn't it? But he doesn't have to turn to the camera and say, "Crapa... the effective cola.. twice as effective as Ex-lax."

The DOOL writers and their product placement ads are about as subtle as a dump truck load of buffalo manure in your living room. And, one of the reasons we hate the DOOL PPAs so much is for that reason - they are not only lame but also blatantly obnoxious.

By the way, did you notice how I ignored that fact by telling you all about it? Tricky little devil, ain't I?

But the real reason we hate PPAs is they are a lie. They are deceitful, dishonest and sneaky. We're supposed to be watching entertainment, but they take our precious time away from us and sneak in a pitch for something only because someone paid them to do it. Y'know, we have a name for women who do something for money they wouldn't otherwise do, and I believe we alluded to that earlier this week: CENSORED.

Ya think some of those same terms might apply to the disingenuous sleazeballs shoving the PPAs at us?

Oh, maybe I'm being too harsh. Think about it. Let me know your opinion.

In another vein, I wanted to let you know I've been upgrading my equipment here at the Prevuze Compound in an attempt to bring you a better reading experience.

Unfortunately, there is one thing I can't control, and that's the jerkiness of the video you see on Prevuze II. It comes and goes, but we've figured out that's because we're on the fringe of the Canadian satellite. We've added equipment to bring in the strongest signal we can and, other than that there is not much we can do.

As for the equipment inside the Prevuze Compound, we have upgraded to a new Dell Computer and I also have a Dell Inspiron Mini for travel. For those times when I am on the road and can't find broadband, I subscribe to Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go.

Speaking of travel, those nights alone can be pretty boring, so I always pack my Kindle and would never be without my trusty iPad.

And when I travel I also stock the fridge in the Prevuze-mobile with plenty of Tyson products. I just love the Tyson Chicken Turdlets. Mmmmm... For snack time it's Crud Mix and breakfast is always Crappyos.

I just thought you'd want to know all that. Really, that's the only reason I went into such detail. Pretty much.

Anyway, don't let the offensive product placement ads get you down. Just ignore them and remember, the people who do that irritating kind of thing are just a bunch of huckstering whores. Disgusting.

Make it a great weekend, and if you happen to find yourself in need of a good camera, I recommend a top-of-the-line Canon Digital SLR. You don't have to thank me. JUST BUY THE DAMN THING!

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Anonymous Linda said...

I love reading Prevuze, but your column today was really great. Your sarcasm always bites-but the product placement was eye-rolling, groan-inducing fun.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

Ya think some of those same terms might apply to the disingenuous sleazeballs shoving the PPAs at us?

Absolutely! I'm so happy Prevuze articulated what so many of us feel. With that question I had to jump right to comments and let you know I'm behind Prevuze 100%

I'm relieved to know we can come to Prevuze for relief from the obnoxious PPAs. Because Prevuze would never subject its faithful readers to....wait, huh? What was that?


I just went back and read the rest of the blog. Re: my previous praise of Prevuze....never mind. LOL

Nice stroll down PPA lane of pics though and loved the new one at the end.

Word verification: frionred I get so peeved at DOOL's PPAs I turn frion red.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Betyar said...

OMG! When I saw Sami open the bag of Chex Mix and hand it to EJ to try it, I thought I was gonna die LMAO! And then he said he never eats that stuff, but it's "GOOD"! What a crock of sh---! He looked like he was about to gag if he had another mouthful of it! Ha, Ha,! Now, if EJ was a suburban type of guy, I would buy that he might like it...but since we all know that's not his thing, that scene was just torture to watch!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

A most excellent Saturday edition Prevuze! I'm guessing that everytime we hit one of those links that there's a ca ching sound in the Prevuze piggy bank. Cheesy product placement indeed!! LOL!!

I also must comment on the beer commercial. While being driven, horses have an annoying habit of passing gas as well as manure. Don't worry. I'll spare you the details but that's not all. In the spring when they're shedding, I've found horse hair stuck to my lipstick. When in the jog cart, I learned very quickly to keep my mouth shut. Horses also kick up dirt. Since we're talking horses, I think you all have a good idea what's in the dirt. Anyway, the dirt has a way of bouncing off the driver's chest and making it's way down the front of a dress. Try digging that out of your underwear.

OK - I admit it. I like Chex Mix. If sales keeps EJ shirtless, I'll order a case, or I can continue to hit the conveniently placed Prevuze product placement link.

Have a great one everybody! Care for some Chex Mix?

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

I'd forgotten about that commercial, that was a good one. And that's something that ticks me off...if there's an irritating, grating, annoying one (think any local car dealer in your area) they play it over and over and over. But if there's a cute or funny one like this one they'll play it once during the Super Bowl and that's it. I don't get that, especially considering how much each one probably costs to make. I'd like to hear what currently running commercials really bug the Prevuze readers at the moment.

It's a wonder DOOL didn't have a sign next to Mrs. H's headstone proudly advertising some national cemetery chain or casket company or something. HA

I also enjoyed seeing the pictures (where is C fish lately?) Thanks for the chuckles this morning Prevuze! And everyone have a great weekend. :D

7:03 AM  
Blogger LeeLeigh said...

your Saturday column is good for some laughs when there is no show to watch for real laughs, but you outdid yourself with the Crappyo's box. laughed so hard I peed my pants. EJ looked pained when he had to eat the Chex Mix. thought he was going to throw up. of course, it may have been take #52, and he'd already eaten enough to bust a gut

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Kiren said...

Oh the Italian Job was a good movie, I heard about that huge spike in sales too. (we were watching it during french class since school was basically over)A couple of the guys actually said they wanted that car when they saw they way it blazed down the streets so I guess it works...I wanted Chex Mix after the EJami scenes,what can I say, I'm easily persuaded.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

(where is C fish lately?)

We certainly miss Cfish, but I believe she was a Patch and Kayla fan and has, as they say on DOOL, moved on.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Frozen Water Cubes said...

If PP is subtle I don't mind it.

But when it's in your face it's just bothersome.

It would have been better if she'd just brought out the bag, opened it, ate some and offered Ej some and not said a word about it.

9:20 AM  
Blogger LeeLeigh said...

I would have preferred that Sami say something like, "oh EJ, those jeans look so great on you" and then the camera pans in for a closeup of EJ's butt so we can see the Levi's label....

11:31 AM  
Anonymous sbrLori said...

LeeLeigh, I like the way you think. I'd really like to know what brand of pants EJ is wearing. :D

I'll start with my most annoying commercial at the moment. It's the combination razor/"personal trimmer" and every time a woman walks by a shrubbery, the shrubbery magically gets a little haircut. It's too over the top for me. (So at least DOOL isn't doing product placement for that product.)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Maggie Mae said...

Oh, yeah, the trimmed bush.

That one's bad.

The Chex Mix commercial was bad.

Panning on JS butt to show the label would have been nothing but good.

1:11 PM  
Blogger LeeLeigh said...

sbrLori, I don't know what commercial you're referring to. I haven't seen it. and judging from your description, I hope I don't see it. ewwwwwww! however, DOOL could do a personal-trimmer commercial, with all the "beach" scenes this week....

oh shoot, I hope some DOOL writer isn't reading this. we may have given them an idea.....

5:06 PM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

Not the most annoying commercial ever, but the one I can't stand (and it runs during DOOL) is the one where the guy takes his baby son into a bedroom to change his diaper. Once the diaper comes off, the baby (like baby boys will do) lets go. The room is sprayed like the kid is using a fire hose.

This is disgusting on several levels. #1, it's during lunch. #2, the guy is at a party and it's obviously not HIS bedroom. And, #3, it's just disgusting.

I don't even know what they are hawking - diapers probably.

7:56 PM  

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