Tonight, rather than tuning into the prime-time show I intended to watch at 8:00 (“Bones”) on time, I set the DVR and waited a half hour so that once I started watching, I could zoom past the commercials. This made me 20 minutes late for the next show I wanted to watch (“Major Crimes”) and 10 minutes late for my final show of the evening (“Castle”).
Leaving aside for the moment the fact that I just copped to watching three consecutive hours of television, I want to instead focus on what I didn’t watch: political commercials. No Obama digs at Romney. No Romney bashing Obama. No Maryland Question 7. No Kaine slams on Allen. No Allen counterattacks against Kaine. No random House races. I just watched the shows I wanted to see, and it was lovely – the most satisfying television watching experience I’ve had in months.
I know many people use their DVRs in this way routinely, but I generally do not. Under normal circumstances, commercials don’t bother me all that much, but I am so sick and tired of the relentless negativity of this year’s campaign – and the fact that it seems to have been going on forever. Now that I’ve remembered I have the technology to block out the noise, you can bet that my DVR is going to get a workout between now and November.
And if, by chance, you’re reading this as an undecided voter, all I can say is I hope you’re not depending on those ads for your decision-making process. Because really, they everyone running look pretty damn awful.