Commercial Essay

Essay by Anonymous UserCollege, UndergraduateA+, September 1996

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The other night I was sitting in front of the television watching a late night show, when a commercial break came on, I instinctively clicked on the remote to flip through the channels to see what else was on. As I surfed through the channels I came across dozens of info-mercials, a commercial for getting a college degree at home, and a few psychic hotline advertisements. I stopped clicking the remote after a while to see what the commercials were selling, and to see how cheep the products were. There were advertisements for how to get a better body, the 'fountain of youth' make-up, and the charcoal-less grill. It is amazing what they come up with nowadays. As I continued surfing I came across Sally Struthers trying to sell an 'earn your college degree at home' commercial, honestly, how good can that kind of degree be? Then as I kept flipping, I came across the 'psychic network of friends' advertisement, just as they were offering a 'free psychic reading to first time callers' all that was required was that a certain 1-800 number be dialed and a person could get a reading.

Then to show that the reading was accurate, they had people come on and say that their experience with the psychic was 'life changing,' and that 'it was so real...the psychic knew everything.' It is amazing what people will fall for in this day and age.

Info-mercials are basically half hour commercials that attempt to sell products to watchers. The products that most info-mercials offer are things that are said to 'improve someone's life' but in most cases the products are rip-offs and are an easy way for the manufacturer's to make money. Some of the products include the 'AB-flex,' a simple rocking seat that is supposed to...