This is inspired by an article in mediapost.com, by Wendy Davis.
"It's fair to say that people always had ways to avoid commercials on TV. Long before the days of the VCR, people who didn't want to watch the ads would stretch their legs, get a snack, or change channels during the commercials. Once the VCR came around, people could fast-forward through the breaks."
To watch the TV ads, or not to watch the TV ads,--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous hype
Or to take a remote against a sea of dancing animals,
And by opposing end them. To sleep, to nap, to grab a snack,
and by a sleep to say we end the noise. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished.
To sleep--perchance to dream: of TV shows without commercials.
of remote controls with batteries that need no charging.
Where's the respect that commercials give the viewers?
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The to be continued episodes, the angrily shouting politicians,
The adverrtisers' increasing volume,
The arrogant prognosticators,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the miracle toothpastes.
And yet, without these regular interruptions, where
would TV be? Who would pay?
Thus boredom and lethargy makes cowards of us all.
And good books lie unread.