|Do you find the saturation of advertising in the media excessive?
Yes. Especially of perscription drugs.
I do not pay attention.
Who the hell doesn't?
Yes. I find it hard to read American fashion magazines because all of the ads frustrate me too much.
I do not.
I voluntarily withdraw myself from advertising industry's reach: I unsubscribed from cable TV and turn off the radio in the car when an advert goes on.
So if I can spare myself of it, pretty much everyone can. It's just a matter of applying willingness to do so.
The bottomline is: this isn't 1984, the off switch exists. Use it if you feel overwelmed.
Yes but by far the worst kind of advertising is done by the big pharmaceutical companies. All that soft focus, people smiling while the voice intones a syndrome they've invented purely to market their drugs. Then you get the list of side effects which in some cases are worse than the thing they're supposed to be curing and don't get me started on product placement...
Excessive? Yes. Saturated? No
Entertainment and Advertising are still distinct entities. Overlapping is occurring at an alarming rate but they have yet to merge into a single entity.
Excessive, compared to what? And judged by whom? We can all easily wish for less advertising, and for advertising that concentrates less on exciting our baser emotions. In an earlier answer I discussed the modern Catholic concept of the "civilization of love," and obviously it's hard to reconcile that with much of what goes on in modern advertising, both in quantity and in substance.
But the creative arts don't pay for themselves; even government-sponsored creativity has costs, beginning with the danger of government control.
So no, I'm going to hold off on calling the saturation of advertising in the media excessive, until I know who's going to decide what "excessive" is, what they plan to do about it, and what checks and balances there are on such an authority. (And no, I don't want the Church to do it: that's not her job.)
A little -- but I'd rather it be in the media than in other areas of my life..
Yes, it is the way we are kept under control
Yes, but then I seldom watch television, films in theatre, news broadcasts or read newspapers. I have a few select sources for world information and news updates, but I keep it to a minimum.
Yes, especially on cable TV. I understand that the major networks who provide programming over the airwaves (free) need subsidizing, but we PAY for our cable channels, and should not be subjected to mostly PAID PROGRAMMING on channels we pay EXTRA for!
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