virus: The golden shower of salemanship

Wade T.Smith (wade_smith@harvard.edu)
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 20:41:45 -0500

>If they could
>show nothing but commercials and have people watch them, they would.

They do, and they do watch 'em, and they are called infomercials, and we all too soon forget that in the 'golden years' there was _one_ sponsor of a TV show, and ads and placement of the sponsor's product were rampant throughout the show.

These days, the 'product' is the person more than anything else. Oprah, Brodie, Martha Stewart, Peter Jennings- they are at a singular identity on the screen- they are what they are selling.

Is this enough? Not enough? Substantial? Insignificant?

Where is their product?

Cui bono?

I am in a strange position regarding this type- I will not willingly offer them, or their agents, if I am aware of any, any sort of tribute, especially in a pecuniary way.

I ain't sure why.



"All life is nature's simple conversation with death."
                  
        Wade T. Smith  morbius@channel1.com