Franklin --You're right; you made no claim about the effects on American democracy of CBS's refusal. I inferred it.In my opinion, the boycott is/was meaningless because it would not have impacted the ratings. If people found meaning in doing it, bully for them. But in this case it is/was an ineffective means of protest. Seems to me that that's a relevant point. Your view of commercial content is worthy of debate. Nonetheless, there is certainly a distinction between advertisements that are explicitly political and those which are selling products. And, you did refer to the Super Bowl as the "capitalist pig TV event" in, I believe, message 791. Anyway, I'll sign off now. I'm going to get in my SUV and go out and buy some beer.