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23 January 2007 @ 07:44 pm
Cell Phone Commercial  
So there are three kids in separate situations wanting a cell phone. The parents are naturally hesitant because of the fear of high bills. But fear not! Cell Phone Company X now provides a service that won't have you paying out the ass for your twittering twelve-year old's phone calls about incredibly stupid shit that would make you want to remove your brain through your nostrils with a wire coathanger (Coathangers! No longer just for back alley abortions!).

The second kid pissed me off. "Dad, I think it's time I got a cell phone." WTF? I would have been backhanded if I said something like that to my mom! Though the dad was cool. He said, "I think it's time you got a job."

And these kids are barely teenagers. I do not see the need of any kid under 16 getting a cell phone. The only reason I got one was after I got my driver's license and if my mom knew then that I wouldn't be driving, she would have waited until I was going to college before getting me a cell phone. Seriously, I managed to survive until age 16 to get a cell phone. My friends called my house or e-mailed me. And I used the phone at whatever place I was to call my mother. So no, little Jenny, you don't need a cell phone.
Average Everyday Sane Psycho: GA: McDumbassbuttercup31 on January 24th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I've seen that commercial and it irritates the hell out of me too! I hate these ads that market products to kids that kids have no business having. All these little monsters do not need cell phones. Who are they calling? If anything else they can have those Firefly things that only calls their parents and maybe one or two other people.
Nom Chompsky: Boondocks Granddad vs. the Blogdeathbytamarind on January 24th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
The father telling the kid, "Well I think it's time you got a job" is the best response ever. My mother used to say that to me when I asked for superfluous crap. Best part of that commercial.
serenecalamity on February 18th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
I could write reams and reams of shit about teenagers with cell phones. I had one when I was about 12, and you'd think I would have used it constantly and racked up all sorts of lovely bills, but no, I never used it, I was just uncool like that. Like, seriously, I might have used it once, twice, a couple of times. But in the end I decided that the home phone was good enough and that if there was ever a situation where I "needed" a cell phone, I could borrow my mum's or get a Firefly or something. I'm not a stockbroker, I don't have fifty different people on speed dial, ergo it's a luxury I can live quite well without. Now I just need to bring everyone else to this school of thought.

And I kind of miss the good old days, when cell phones performed their basic functions of calling and sending text messages, but now we've got videos, cameras, picture messaging, games, music, Internet access, personal organisers, all the bloody bells and whistles you can possibly think of and more. It's gotten to the point where I think we should stop calling them phones, because calling people is no longer "hip" enough. Only old fogeys actually call people. They've even got a whole etiquette system planned around it. I can't help but think what the point of it all is, especially with the "happy slapping" thing and stupid kids just plain ol' violating the privacy of others by taking pictures of them without consent. I HATE having my photo taken, it's become a sort of phobia, but one I happen to take very seriously -- so anyone who took a picture of me without my express consent would be counting teeth.