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Let’s face it, market targeting, advertising and media are a lifeblood of this economy.  Branding, product loyalty and identity, the advertising community has been brilliant with this ploy.  It starts at childhood, they get those hooks into us and reel us in.  It has gotten so that some people have never known what it is like to be free from the relentless pursuit of our money.  In some ways we are defenseless, the subtle branding practices are designed to make sure that your product loyalty icon is never far from sight.  Advertising consultants know your habits and your media.  The way I see it, our only power is in the purchasing power of our money.  I see real progressive movement only when we have been able to use our buying or lack of buying as a weapon.  So I propose that we start boycotting any media that jumps on the Benghazi band wagon.

Our household started this immediately.  It wasn’t hard to recognize the signs, full blown hysteria is about to erupt.  What we’ve seen so far is crickets. You know it, I know it, we’ve been down this road way too many times.  Just turn any mention of Benghazi off immediately. Don’t listen, don’t respond, don’t defend, don’t agonize. Just off. OFF!!!  Doesn’t have to be forever, although it can be forever. Now comes the good part.  Find out who advertises on that station.  Big names, local big names, you know the drill.  Call, email, write and tell them you are turning off that media.Tell them why.  It is because that media keeps broadcasting Benghazi. Tell them it is certainly irrational.  Tell them it makes no sense as they obviously are not responsible for the programming.  Not the point, people!!!  The point is we are not going to listen/watch this.  And if you all keep advertising on this media, then we are not going to see your brand icons.  We will soon forget about you.  
Now I know the boohoo crowd will start on about how boycotts only hurt the little people.  Of course we are talking friendly media too.  PBS is now gone from my household.  Yeah, things only seem to get done when there is a world of hurt.  It is an unfortunate consequence that the big guys seem to be able to roll with these punches.  Looking closely, the cracks are starting to appear.  I’m thinking we need to keep the pressure up.  This is such a doable thing, people.  You hear or see the word Benghazi and the media goes off!!!  You decide how long it stays off.  Then you tell those advertisers that you didn’t see their ads, and every time you hear/see the word Benghazi, poof, media goes off!!  Not seeing ads!!!  We don’t want to hear it. Not that hard.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it only changes form.

    by SME in Seattle on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:21:01 PM PDT

  •  Already boy & girlcott PBS! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ...It started when that balding fuck Solomon on the News Hour was covering the GOP convention.  He was interviewing this Teabagger t-shirt vender in Tampa & showed the audience some of his wares, including some very racist merchandise derogatory of Obama.  Solomon could barely contain his amusement.

    I'm no mindless follower of the President, but the airing of blatantly racist crap was too much.  I knew what side PBS was on right then and there.  

    I also had a Sunday show free day yesterday because I knew it was going to be "Meet the Benghazi," "This Week in Benghazi," and "State of Benghazi," with America's favorite (platonic) same-sex couple, McCain and Graham.  My mental health is much better for it!

  •  I started yesterday. (0+ / 0-)

    It is what I asked for for Mother's Day.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:50:12 PM PDT

  •  So when you see Benghazi you (0+ / 0-)

    turn the station. But then you say you'll write those advertisers who advertise during Benghazi stories and give them a piece of your mind. How will you know who advertises if you've turned the station? Do you really think that advertisers on CNN or one of the broadcast networks are going to remove their ads because some people don't want the media to cover a particular story? I don't think this idea is workable at all.

    •  Your missing the point... (0+ / 0-)

      the point is to let the companies know you are turning off the media whenever you hear/see Benghazi.  The point is let them know we don't want to hear this from anyone, so if the media insists on these stories, we will turn the media off any time we hear/see Benghazi.  They can keep it up, but no one will be there to receive the information.  Just say no Benghazi.  Turning computer off now!

      Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it only changes form.

      by SME in Seattle on Mon May 13, 2013 at 03:01:36 PM PDT

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      •  It sounds illegitimate. You are protesting (0+ / 0-)

        not even what they are saying, but rather the simple fact that they're saying anything? That sounds too much like censorship. And you are going to tell CNN et al that no matter how little coverage they provide to this story, it will still be too much. The fact is, even if the right is over-hyping this it still is a story. You are not going to be successful trying to get a story erased from the airwaves, on any network. And I seriously doubt that any advertiser is going to want to stop running ads simply because a network didn't kowtow to Obama supporters who don't want to hear the word Benghazi. I think this is more of a rant than a real actionable idea. Sorry.

  •  I wish I had (0+ / 0-)

    Done the same with this diary. What a bunch of sanctimony.

  •  Other candidates: (0+ / 0-)

    Climate change alarmists, atheists, evangelicals. Boycott City!

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