Television ads: "What I hate about you ..."

John Camm writes for the BBC Magazine about the "regurgitated cliches" that dominate contemporary television advertising in the U.K. (and elsewhere):

    "6. Married men will flirt with other, younger women but NEVER act upon it.

    7. Anyone with a scientific career will have a bad haircut and dreadful clothes.

And a comment from a reader:

    "Public transport is a beautifully clean and relaxing way to travel and you'll always be able to flirt with an attractive member of the opposite sex. Gareth Davies, Reading"

In Canada, there can be no television watching experience as excruciating as watching a McCain's Pizza ad - for the fourth time in an hour.

Of course, Canadians seem to be haters for their television pitchpeople. We loved Tom Cavanagh when he was hawking beer: we hated him on Ed.

And Canadians certainly have a thing or two to say about the OCD couple in the Canadian Tire ads. (Something I did not know: the guy with the beard in the ads appeared in an episode of The Littlest Hobo) They must be moving a lot of solar cell battery rechargers, adjustable pocket wrenches and brake pads, because their ads are on during every break in every sporting broadcast, across the country. What I would do for a picture of them shopping at Reno Depot!

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