"amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom"
Josep L. Guallar-Esteve
jlguallar at maduixa.net
Fri Jun 7 10:17:21 EDT 2002
A company is selling digital recorders with an "ad skip" feature. They were
sued and the judge failed in favour the broadcasting companies.
Thankfully, from now on, it is tolerated by law to go to the bathroom during
TV ads. Thank you, broadcasting companies, Hollywood et all.
Some people have sued those companies. I guess they have incontinence or maybe
they are in a water-drinking diet.
No, I'm not kidding:
In an interview with [INSIDE] Magazine, Turner Broadcasting CEO Jamie Kellner
voiced this opinion on the issue: "[T]he ad skips . . .. It's theft. Your
contract with the network when you get the show is you're going to watch the
spots. Otherwise you couldn't get the show on an ad-supported basis. Any time
you skip a commercial or watch the button you're actually stealing the
When prompted, Kellner did admit that "there's a certain amount of tolerance
for going to the bathroom."
Quoting the great Caton the Censor (Rome, ~200 b.c.) and taking the literary
license of identifying the perfidious Carthage as the "all-loving" media
"I pee, I pee and I pee on them".
Or in the (more actual) words of the classic band "Ned's Atomic Dustbin":
"Kill Your Television."
Josep (who skips ads with his low-tech, still legal VCR)
Josep L. Guallar-Esteve, QA-Test Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.
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