Since I have not yet gone back to watching or listening to the news, I look at ESPN during my morning workouts. I have then become very irritated with some commercials and give the mute button a workout too. So here are my minor irritants.
1. Manti Te'O - enough already!
2. Ray Lewis - will someone please muzzle this guy?
3. Flo – or for that matter any Progressive Insurance commercial.
4. Kids in commercials selling products to adults (Ally Bank)
5. Nationwide Insurance – “We put customers first because we don’t have shareholders.” Right. Did you know that studies in Finance show that mutual companies are more wasteful, have higher costs, more perks paid to executives than shareholder companies. In reality, Nationwide is likely really saying that the money that would go to shareholders is being put it in their own pockets.
6. GEICO commercials - Why is it that insurance companies have the dumbest commercials?
7. Weight loss commercials. The one with Terry Bradshaw and Jillian is obviously intended to show women that this particular weight loss program will not reduce their breasts. Then there is the truly bizarre one in which you drink the product and it blows up 50 times in your stomach to prevent you from eating. No I am not kidding.
8. Finally anything dealing with Facebook. I just deleted permanently my Facebook account. I never used it anyway and the only reason I signed up was I kept getting requests from friends to be “friends”. Little did I know that I was going to get notifications of how truly banal most of my friends were. I would also get messages from them and only replied via email since I did not want my responses known to the world. What was troubling was that I started getting friend requests from people I did not know and then emails with friends names on them asking me to open links. However, it was obvious that these emails did not come from anyone I knew since what was written in the subject space was obviously not in character with those people. Yes I know, the blog is also a look into my views but somehow it feels less personal and intrusive.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com