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    Why the retirement of a tennis player occupied about a quarter of the national and local BBC news broadcast this evening.
    Sure, he seems to have been an elite player who brought pleasure to a lot of people, I'm sorry he has a painful hip which surgery hasn't fixed, and I'm sorry this forced retirement is causing him distress.
    But the national coverage came over like an obituary, and the local coverage involved interviewing folk from his home town who said, pretty much, "He was an excellent tennis player" and "It's a shame he has a sore hip".
    Did nothing more important happen today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Why the retirement of a tennis player occupied about a quarter of the national and local BBC news broadcast this evening.
    Sure, he seems to have been an elite player who brought pleasure to a lot of people, I'm sorry he has a painful hip which surgery hasn't fixed, and I'm sorry this forced retirement is causing him distress.
    But the national coverage came over like an obituary, and the local coverage involved interviewing folk from his home town who said, pretty much, "He was an excellent tennis player" and "It's a shame he has a sore hip".
    Did nothing more important happen today?

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    agreed there is obsession with sport on the BBC news programme but at least tennis makes a change from football. I have a feeling more did happen today. I use the BBC news app but they keep changing in favour of snippets with very little of the longer articles they used to have when first launched. It's a dumbing down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Did nothing more important happen today?

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    Well, here in the USofA, there's...no, can't talk about that. But there's...nope, not that either. Oh, SpaceX launched a rocket, and brought it back! Something good for a change.
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    Nope nothing like that happens in Canada for hockey players.
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    Volkswagen is running a TV commercial where a family lies to their kids' school about the death of a relative so that they can get out of class early and go to the amusement park.

    You remember Volkswagen... the company that recently got caught in a giant lying and cheating scandal.
    Who approved this marketing campaign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Why the retirement of a tennis player occupied about a quarter of the national and local BBC news broadcast this evening.
    Sure, he seems to have been an elite player who brought pleasure to a lot of people, I'm sorry he has a painful hip which surgery hasn't fixed, and I'm sorry this forced retirement is causing him distress.
    But the national coverage came over like an obituary, and the local coverage involved interviewing folk from his home town who said, pretty much, "He was an excellent tennis player" and "It's a shame he has a sore hip".
    Did nothing more important happen today?
    I feel your pain. Yesterday on NHK, our equivalent of the BBC, I think that a fourth of the coverage was given to an Olympic wrestler who retired. Sure, she got three gold medals, but just as you said, there are lots of other important things going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Volkswagen is running a TV commercial where a family lies to their kids' school about the death of a relative so that they can get out of class early and go to the amusement park.

    You remember Volkswagen... the company that recently got caught in a giant lying and cheating scandal.
    Who approved this marketing campaign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Volkswagen is running a TV commercial where a family lies to their kids' school about the death of a relative so that they can get out of class early and go to the amusement park.

    You remember Volkswagen... the company that recently got caught in a giant lying and cheating scandal.
    Who approved this marketing campaign?
    I noticed that yesterday, and was going to post it here. There are lots of ads which, if you think about it, basically say "our customers are idiots". This one is "our customers are liars". Liars who don't really care about their children's education, at that.

    And then there's Acura, who are using "Sympathy for the Devil" in ads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    And then there's Acura, who are using "Sympathy for the Devil" in ads.
    I figure that Acura is trying to cultivate some kind of "bad boy" image, given that the bad boy has been cool (at least) since James Dean.
    The VW ad, on the other hand, is simply repulsive.
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    In the realm of ads, I don't get the current Dos XX beer ads, where they are the official beer that waters every NFL field (I think?).

    So basically you are telling us your beer is water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    In the realm of ads, I don't get the current Dos XX beer ads, where they are the official beer that waters every NFL field (I think?).

    So basically you are telling us your beer is water.

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    That would be Corona, I think. I miss the old Most Interesting Man In The World. So I've switched to Negra Modelo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    That would be Corona, I think. I miss the old Most Interesting Man In The World. So I've switched to Negra Modelo.
    I looked it up - it is Dos Equis and it's the beer used to water every college football field. Either way (or either beer), isn't calling beer water like the most basic beer insult? There was an ad a few year ago where the bartender was using Bud Light (I think) to wash the glasses for whatever beer was advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I noticed that yesterday, and was going to post it here. There are lots of ads which, if you think about it, basically say "our customers are idiots". This one is "our customers are liars". Liars who don't really care about their children's education, at that.

    And then there's Acura, who are using "Sympathy for the Devil" in ads.
    There are also quite a few ads that promote ditching work or school to goof off.
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    And in contrast to those ads, Kai, there's the ridiculous Ram truck ad that says "America's game is work." Yeah - that's something I've been seeing a lot on my Twitter feed from time to time - how much we have this culture of working to our graves here in the States compared to other countries. It's not a GOOD thing, Ram Truck. There's nothing wrong with hard work, but the idea that our worth is tied up in how hard we work (and then, by mutated proxy, how much we earn or our net worth) is a problem. But that gets into a whole other arena (i.e., not this thread).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    And in contrast to those ads, Kai, there's the ridiculous Ram truck ad that says "America's game is work." Yeah - that's something I've been seeing a lot on my Twitter feed from time to time - how much we have this culture of working to our graves here in the States compared to other countries. It's not a GOOD thing, Ram Truck. There's nothing wrong with hard work, but the idea that our worth is tied up in how hard we work (and then, by mutated proxy, how much we earn or our net worth) is a problem. But that gets into a whole other arena (i.e., not this thread).
    Literally fifteen minutes ago, I read an item in New Scientist, in which people were asked to assess the status of various people, based on a short fictional biography. American respondents rated status as correlating directly with how busy the person was with their work; Italian respondents figured there was an inverse correlation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I looked it up - it is Dos Equis and it's the beer used to water every college football field. Either way (or either beer), isn't calling beer water like the most basic beer insult? There was an ad a few year ago where the bartender was using Bud Light (I think) to wash the glasses for whatever beer was advertised.
    Similarly, the slogan "stay thirsty, my friends" implies to me "don't drink our beer."
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