Sunday, December 19, 2010

I’m a celebrity, get me a bowl of nutritious, tasty breakfast cereal, mmmm...



From next year, product placement will be allowed on some British TV shows. The reason this is necessary, we are informed, is that technological changes have made it easier for viewers to avoid advertising placed between programming. But I suspect it’s just as much because viewers have developed a more sophisticated understanding about how advertising works, and are thus more cynical about it. Introducing product placement to the likes of Coronation Street may work, but only on those viewers who remain a bit naïve and trusting about the essential benevolence of consumer capitalism and the way it manipulates human desires; the unaware; the incurious; the dim. And inevitably, as product placement becomes a more popular revenue model for TV companies, programming targeting the dim and incurious – indeed, actively excluding the curious – will become even more prevalent.

And we will look back on the current glut of celebreality shows as a golden age of British TV.

4 comments:

Darya Antonovna Papko said...

Haaa!



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The Poet Laura-eate said...

The more devious ways they find of advertising, the more determined my mind will become to skim over it, blank it, fast forward it, delete it or return it to sender.

blackwatertown said...

Ah...
Sorry.
No.
It's just depressing.

Tim Footman said...

Haaaaaalo, Darya.

Eventually, Laura, you’ll be banned from watching the telly.

But at the same time grimly amusing, BWT. Or not?