There’s an obscure little bill floating around in Washington these days. At least I hope it’s still floating. It has to do with not allowing television advertisers to CRANK UP THE VOLUME on their ads. Then, as if that weren’t enough, the pitchmen on some of the ads yell (eg, Billy Mays).
Do I support this bill? Yes. Hell, yes! (Pardon my yelling.) I hate having my TV adjusted for the program I’m watching and then getting blasted out of my seat by the ads. Actually, I was under the impression a lot of TVs had some sort of volume governor that would prevent this. If not, they should. Are you listening, TV manufacturers? Or take it one step further; if the volume hits a certain predetermined level, shut it off. Yeah. An automatic mute for loud ads. That’s the ticket!
This brings to mind a related question of mine: Why do people (public speakers, campaigning politicians, etc.) with microphones in front of them and amplifiers on all sides still feel the need to YELL at large audiences? If the sound system is doing its job, is yelling necessary?
I don’t like being yelled at, thank you very much.