A World Without Ads

I’m sure some of you this fair Saturday night are out shooting whiskey and stealing babies from cribs.  I’m going on tour in two weeks and until then I want to be home with my dog as often as my schedule will allow.  I’ve spoken before that I have some introvert tendencies.  As much as I love being out on the road, seeing the world and meeting new people, I also need time away for myself to let my imagination wander.  I need that balance.  What’s he building in there?

Tonight I’m part of the large trend in binge watching TV on Netflix.  I happen to be watching season two of The Killing.  This show is great, but what’s even greater are no commercials.  One of the many reasons that I don’t have cable TV is that I don’t want the world of advertisements entering my home.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a mass consumer like everyone else.  I’ve been trained well by society.  However, I don’t need my intelligence insulted in my own home, at least not by anyone that isn’t a friend or loved one calling me on the phone.  .

Last summer I was in La Rochelle, France.  I was walking around the town and I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was.  All of a sudden it dawned on me; there were no billboards or mainstream commercial advertising anywhere.  There were hand painted signs on shops.  There were store windows displaying appealing looking goods.  There definitely was plenty of commerce going on.  However, the kind of gross bombastic advertising that we accept as part of our daily life didn’t exist in that town.

Just remember that we don’t have to accept things the way they are.  We get so used to things being one way that sometimes we fail to imagine an alternative.  Somewhere around the bend there could be a better world for us;  a world where we don’t have to spend every night being told about boner pills and waffle tacos.