Bug Me Not

Design Observer recently took a look at those graphic atrocities known as “station identification bugs.” The article offers few solutions, but the piece (along with its reader comments) make for an interesting read. One point the article doesn’t address is that if the true purpose of these bugs is to identify a network, then why do the channels insist on making the bugs as obtrusive as possible, with animation, sound and all manner of bells and whistles. My hunch is that it’s a ploy by cable channels: make the shows so unwatchable on cable that you’re forced to buy the dvds of the same show. Fortunately, I have neither cable nor buy any dvds of TV series, but I think I’m in the minority on this one.