But putting that aside, I caught this commercial while watching one of my favorite TV shows a couple of weeks ago. That's what I get for watching it live instead of recording it on my handy dandy DVR like I usually do...but I digress.
Without further ado, here's Direct TV's latest offering starring comedian Dat Phan:
There are many things I don't like about this commercial, but I'll go with one of the the most obvious: once again, it is
And what's up with the not-so-subtle stereotyping? I mean, I get that it's supposed to be campy and over-the-top, but...I don't know. I guess I don't find stereotyping funny.
Whether we like it or not, the media is an extremely powerful entity that is used to control, manipulate and propagandize the masses to great effect. It can make a nobody into somebody or it can marginalize an entire race. It can convince a group of people to love what they hate or it can drive otherwise sane people to do insane things (the definition of reality TV if you ask me). It can make a single man the king of the hill or it can make that same man one of the most despised people in the world (giving the side-eye to Rupert Murdoch).
If there's one thing I've learned it's that ownership has its rewards. Unfortunately, for the moment at least, the status quo owns this damn country (and is currently trying to ruin it...but I digress...again). Until we start hitting them in their wallets--via withholding our support for their white guilt fantasy/savior complex foolishness--this is what we're going to continue to get. 'Cause you know they aren't going to do the right thing.
Fortunately, new media, such as YouTube, Facebook and ebook publishing, should help begin to level the playing field at least a little as we begin to fully embrace owning, operating and producing our own stuff. As we've been saying over and over again, it's imperative that we continue to build ourselves up and make ourselves just as financially relevant as the people who currently hold power. The rapidly changing demographics in this country (along with globalization due to the wonders of the 'Net) almost guarantees that it's going to happen sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, we have to keep holding those at the top accountable.