Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Well, if we're just DREAMING, I have a dream that, based on studies that could easily be done with regard to the manipulative nature of advertising, the dishonesty of most of its claims, the harm done to children and impressionable adults by it, it will eventually be subjected to the same sorts of lawsuits and approbations "suffered" by tobacco and thence be more highly regulated.  It should be banned altogether from children's programming.  Claims should have to be established by purely scientific methods and there would be no Photoshopping, enhancement of images, phony testimonials by paid actors, etc., allowed.

I've been able to train myself to completely ignore advertising in print media. I can go through a newspaper and not be able to name three of the advertisers.  I simply will not watch ads on television; thanks to the DVR this is easily accomplished.  If for some reason we have to to watch live tv, the commercial breaks are muted.  

I wish every child had to be taught about the evils of advertising in school as a required course, at least about the same time as the kids are becoming familiar with "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn."

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:49:27 PM EST

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