I hate advertisements. If I want a product, I will pick up a physical
directory, or search a web directory, or ask a friend how to get what
I want. The only point in advertising is to convince people they want
things that they do not. This is a very bad thing.
I like knowing what I want. I like make decisions
based on evidence and experience of myself and those I respect
to decide what I want. I do not respect any company to give me honest
opinions. Do not ask a barber if you need a hair cut.
There are advertisements everywhere. They are on T.V.. They are on
busses. They are in busses. They are on bus stop benches. They are on
cars on trucks. They are on sides of buildings. They are on billboards.
They fill half of magazines. They fill half of newspapers. They sit
on top and bottom and sides of web pages. They sit undismissable on
your screen using some kind of internet access. They are on the radio.
They are on people's clothes. They are on people's bags. They are on
refrigerator magnets. They are on mousepads. They are on AOL's instant
messenging client. They are on the gates that let people out of parking
garages. They are in your snail mail. They are in your e-mail. They
are at the bottom of hotmail and yahoo mail messages. Yeachh!
Many occasions, advertising is the price you pay for accepting a service.
You watch television. You get a show, they get to bombard you with messages.
It's an exchange, a trade, it's a form of commerce.
The real problem is when you aren't getting anything in return. I should
be allowed to go for a walk, outside, in my country, without being hit with
advertising from land, sea, and air. I am not gaining anything. The
advertiser did not pay for the sidewalk I am using, the government did.
As far as I'm concerned, they have no right to advertise to me.
Even worse. People seem to accept that advertisements come with things.
People PAY for services, and then accept the ads for it, and then not care!
What the real danger is. It's brainwashing. You cannot live and escape
advertising. It is a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to accept
one single idea. The idea is not "Buy my product". The idea is not
"Buy our service". The idea is "do as we say". Six thousand messages
a day all having the common theme of "give us what we want".
No one can stand up to this. Everyone buys things they don't really need,
everyone watches advertising they could just change the channel for. It's
Screw the banks, who give you the privelidge of allowing them to borrow
Screw television, who advertises to you during commercials, during shows,
and between both.
Screw netzero, who lets you talk to the internet in exchange for a portion
of your mind and identity.
Sensing angst yet?
Screw every last corporation that does not treat you with the respect you
deserve. And yes, that's pretty much all of them.
Don't use banks. Use cash, you are in control.
Don't watch T.V., it's 99.99% crap, read a book.
Don't use netzero, pay for honest to goodness internet access, or use none
Have respect for yourself. Don't buy products that have advertising that
insults your self worth. Buying a case of beer does not make scantily clad
girls appear at your door.
MAKE the money sucking corporations only advertise when you want them to.