I read The Space Merchants
by Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
years ago and found it a bit over the top. It's the future and advertising
dominates the average person's life. Everything is advertising. Even using
in your bath
wouldn't take you away from the advertising. So shut up and drink your Pepsi.
A bit later (but still a few years ago) I sat down and watched Network, a film
about an over the top news program. In 1976 it must have seemed the top,
but in the mid-90s? It's hard to top Jeraldo Rivera (although Rick
Sanchez, a former local talking head could give Jeraldo a run for his
money) these days, and Network seems rather tame.
So this comes as no surprise:
Acclaim Entertainment said yesterday that it would pay relatives of
the recently bereaved in return for placing small billboards on
headstones, and that the offer might “particularly interest poorer
publicity pan raises grave concerns
I'm just waiting for the day when advertising becomes mandated
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