I watch very little television, and the television I do watch is mainly programs on the ABC or SBS.
In our little house we don’t pick up any of the commercial stations with our aerial and in the last few weeks we don’t pick up the ABC or SBS either.
My parents moved to the country a bit over 10 year ago, and when they come back to Sydney they are often overwhelmed by the pace and get frustrated by all the traffic and commotion. In fact even back in their little country town my Dad gets frustrated by the local ‘peak hour’ because he may have to wait at one of the two sets of traffic lights in town for over a minute. So he refuses to drive around town between 3:15pm and 4pm.
Why am I telling you that? Well it’s a little hard for me to admit to, but I quite like Australia’s Got Talent and I’m even getting in to The Voice. But they both frustrate the hell out of me too. As we have no TV reception I have to watch them online, normally the day after they have aired. That’s fine. The frustrating part is that I’m not used to ad breaks, and the even more frustrating part is that for some reason the online playback systems are only capable of playing one ad. So every time there is an ad break I get the same ad repeated 3 or 4 times before the show resumes. Then in most cases the playback fails and I have to watch the ads again while the video buffers or restarts. If you are going to bombard me with advertisements, put in some friggen variety, not just the same ad over and over and over.
Then inside the shows they spend half the time recapping what I have just seen and then previewing what I’m about to see so that when the next thing comes on I have already seen most of it. Commercial television and Baptist sermons are quite similar I’m realising.
So if you want to write a Baptist sermon or create a high rating talent show follow these simple steps.
- Outline all the things that are about to happen
- Show / tell stories of the past
- Re cap the stories of the past
- Preview the main point or next segment
- Replay step 4, 3 times
- Re cap all the above
- Preview next time.
I don’t even know why I like the shows in the first place, they are dribble.
I wish my internet couldn’t pick up commercial TV websites.
And yes I am playing a bus driver simulator game while I wait for tonight’s episode of The Voice to go online.
Leave me alone.