"The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, October 5

Mormon Profiteering

I love watching conference and the specials between the sessions. It does however make me wonder if the marketers that run the same commercials over and over during the breaks realize that although the people watching are most likely members of the church, that we do have an IQ. Just because it has something to do with a Mormon, does not make me want to buy it.

It doesn't bother me as much on Saturday, but Sunday seems a little overdone. I finish watching such beautiful talks so full of the spirit in their delivery only to be bombastically bombarded with kitchy, overdone and grossly overrun commercials for the LDS people. I guess I should just shut it off when conference ends. Gotta go...there's a couple new videos and books I've got to go buy. Oh wait, it's Sunday.


Carlee Hoopes said...

Holy Cow! Kory and I were just having this exact same conversation. It drives me CRAZY!!!! Also, I think the one that bugs me the most is the Deseret First Credit Union commercial where they discuss the dude being active. Then they follow it up by "We understand our members," or something like that. Ok, so are all their members LDS? I don't even think America First knows what religion I am, so is it a requirement with Deseret First to be a Mormon in order to be a member? If so, that's sad. All I can say is that I'm glad I don't live in Happy Valley. I think being inundated with churchy propaganda is commonplace there, whereas we just have to bear it twice a year during Conference weekend. :)

Cara said...

I definitely see your point. In Idaho we only get 2 commercials run repeatedly all through conference weekend - and one lawyer's ad has not changed in YEARS! But as much as I despise the ads, I appreciate that they at least show the broadcasting companies that someone wants to advertise and support the Church's broadcasting, because to the tv stations it's all about money, and we have to fight to have conference on tv outside of Utah. Last conference we were asked to send thank you emails to show that we don't want to lose being able to watch conference on tv.
I know at least some of the people who list their business names before and after conference view it more as a donation than as marketing.

Kirk said...

Cara, excellent point. I didn't even consider living outside of Utah. See I DO live in a bubble!

J.Comics said...

Haha I watched that commercial with the guy at the bank. Oh my gosh! What the freakin heck... but you have to admit they are funny, but I do see your point bro. chugg. So yeah, that was a good post.

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