TV Commercials are Spam

Do you know what commercial spam is?

No guessing needed, this term is pretty simple. It is the 30+ commercials you get for every 30 minutes of tv viewed. Of course, those 30 commercials are not new and unique they are the same ones, over and over again. If you watch an hour of tv then it is doubled.

Next, throw in the commercials that are local and usually lower quality. Add-in the unspoken agreement to run commercials all at the same time, so you can’t avoid them. Finally, to top it off, the increased volume of the commercials (sorry, doesn’t relate to spamming, but it still annoys!).

To me that rings of the word spam, but let’s do some research to determine this:

  • Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages. [1] (wikipedia)
  • Spam: To send (a message) indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups. [2] (
  • Spam: Unsolicited usually commercial e-mail sent to a large number of addresse. [3] (miriam-websters)

Yep, it fits. A few exceptions could be made because it is not sent through email and somebody could argue that commercials are solicited.But, really, tv sends out commercial spam.

2 replies on “TV Commercials are Spam”

  1. I heard about a great TV show that got canceled because the demographics of the viewer ship showed alot of people were probably watching the show through torrent downloads or on TiVo … and even though the show was extremely popular, ‘they’ canceled the show because changes were good the millions of viewers weren’t actually watching the commercials.

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