Today I’m taking a break from my typical technology entries to bring you this sponsored message. Just about everything nowadays is sponsored. While watching sports broadcasts frequently everything is sponsored (we now bring you the highlight of the minute sponsored by Florida Orange Juice). Other things such as video games are now following this path of completely selling out (did you see me do that ollie over the Coke machine?). Advertisements have spread beyond the typical format of billboards and TV commercials and are now infecting our everyday lives.
Today during school I had an encounter with an ad I didn’t want to see. Check out the advertisement on the top right of this post. You can click on it to see a larger view. That ad was handed out with our lunches at school today. At the end of the lunch line the cashier was handing the flier style ad out to every student. When it came my turn in line I told the lunch lady that I did not want the ad. She responded telling me that it was mandatory and I had to take it. After receiving it I took it back to the lunch table, took a picture of it, and then threw it out.
What I want to know is why is that advertisement mandatory? Is the school making money off handing it out? If that’s the case I think I should get a reduction in the cost of my lunch. The school is profiting off of handing me that ad, so they should pass the savings on to me.
Now don’t think I’m completely against advertising. I understand people have to make money, but for some reason this one just hit a nerve. I think it’s due to the fact that this ad is so freaking pointless. The flier literally has no information, leaving me to ask about a million questions:
- When is this grand opening?
- Where in the world is “Sunset Strips”?
- Is “Sunset Strips” the name of the store or the meal?
- Why have a rooster in your logo if your name is “Sunset Strips”?
- Shouldn’t your name be “Sunrise Strips”?
- Is this another one of those crappy chicken chain stores that are infested with the Avian Bird Flu?
You see this advertisement tells me nothing other than chicken is served at this food place. Next time my school decides to hand out ads, I hope I at least know what the heck the ad is for.