Bombarded with political ads: Guide to staying sane
DEAR MARIANN: How do I stay sane during this continuous campaign bombardment of political ads?
MARIANN’S RESPONSE: An incessant marathon of “boundary violations” is how I would classify the last nine months of residing in the Buckeye State.
During recent trips to Seattle and Atlanta, the rarity of campaign ads was refreshing versus the constant onslaught of what we are experiencing here. How lucky or possibly unlucky we are as Ohioans to seemingly have the 2012 presidential destiny of this country solidly planted on our voting shoulders.
Speaking of “boundary overloads” my least favorite are the Christmas advertisements and holiday merchandise already displayed in September. However, that is a nationwide onslaught, versus having our state uniquely designated to either win or lose next month’s election for either candidate.
This might be an appropriate time for a media reprieve and go back to the basics from our parents’ and grandparents’ era, such as reading a good book or spending more outdoor time engaged with family in a riveting game of cornhole. If you have determined which candidate will receive your vote, unplug the TV, or use a DVR to skip through those pesky commercials. You can also access the technology of “TiVo,” — not to be confused with the former Denver Broncos quarterback — to ignore those ugly mudslinging campaign messages, by watching programs “commercial-less.” It also can serve as a reality-check reminder of how much television we watch.
At this point in the campaign, potentially most of us have become immune to whatever outrageous campaign commentary is made, especially about the opposing candidate. Continuing the onslaught of negative ads serves no purpose in helping undecided voters.
Find time to reconnect with your family by talking with each other and doing something, anything, as long as it does not occur in front of the TV. Seemingly the more political advertisements we hear, the less we truly listen and eventually they start sounding exacting alike. How about giving our attention to those around us or volunteering for an organization?
The most important factor as this ugly campaign concludes is to vote, which is a sacred right of being an American. Please don’t waste this precious opportunity.
Mariann Main is a licensed counselor and a Delaware native. Her column appears weekly on Saturdays. To submit a question and have Mariann answer it anonymously, visit delgazette.com/life-questions-with-local-answers or send mail to the Delaware Gazette office, 40 N. Sandusky St., suite 203, Delaware, OH 43015.