OK so there is not enough room in the subject box for the subject of this blog post. I have been watching the Verizon commercial lately, and just wondering who creates these commercials. I have been a loyal Verizon customer and actually love my cell phone service. But this commercial is just so disturbing. I bet you know the one I am talking about and I bet some of you think it is "normal parent-teen interaction" and I know some of you are like me wondering what they were thinking.
The commercial shows a couple of teens outside shoveling snow, and the parents inside watching. The dad is explaining to the mom how he told the kids if they shoveled the snow they would have unlimited cell phone use. The mom says something like "we already have that". And they then laugh about tricking the kids into shoveling, and how it was so cold they weren't going to do it.
Man such a deranged commercial. What are we coming to as a society, or are we already there, have we been there? My parents wouldn't have done that so my perception might be skewed.
The kids wouldn't help if the parents just asked for help? Why is it so funny to trick the kids? Doesn't it just teach children that it is OK to lie and trick people, and that making fun of someone is funny, being cruel is funny? How would children learn to trust and believe in their parents if they are tricked like this? Is there an idea that the children will never find out?
Is it really a social norm to trick children like this, and laugh about it. Like the kids are the punchline of some "inside joke". Well I missed that joke, cause I don't think it is funny. And my next move is to send an e mail to Verizon.