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Advertising - A Case in Point

It has been argued that people are incapable of ruling themselves. Let's examine a case in point... a case of the trivial... to illustrate human incompetency.

Advertising the manufacture of a product to boost sales.

Granted, people consume goods and services. They need same to survive. Better goods and services tend to improve the quality of life, though they by no means impart happiness. Now an ever-increasing share of these goods are sold online, through the Internet. It becomes essential to advertise these goods and services if a company wishes to remain viable. So far we're on safe ground.

So advertisements are incorporated into many of the web pages we read, unless money has been paid for a different service, one of exclusion of advertisements. Again, this is a paid-for service.

So someone else gets an idea. We can make money, he reasons, if we devise some way of removing ads from online sites. Readers will buy our service and love it. Sounds good, right? Except that removal damages the other companies that likely provide bona fide goods and services (true, some provide what is best termed trash). Which deserves more of your "hard-earned" buck, a source of useful products and services you will consume, or a service that counters another service? You wind up back at square one, only with a little less of that hard-earned money.

See the futility? And this is just a trivial example. Companies scrap for your buck with the simple goal of getting it for as little effort as possible. And these are your fellow "shipmates".

Even so trivial a matter as advertising, points to the inability of man to rule man. Another example we won't discuss is...

When there was an effort to eradicate drugs early on, it was illegal to buy or sell or use them, but it was honest business to manufacture and sell the devices that made them easier to use.

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VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2018, 8:04 AM

Now why did he choose that animal?

lookatdesktop wrote on January 23, 2018, 4:18 PM

I see the animal pic. Quite appropriate for your post. The drug users often loved HEAD SHOPS where bongs for smoking wacky tobaccy were sold back in the 60s and 70s. The ads on T.V. I really hate are the ever persistent medicine ads. They have made me rethink watching broadcast T.V. The ads I hate the most are the ads that follow me on writing sites. If I ever just browse an item on A M A Z O N, or S E A R S, or any other website, the exact item I was looking at will appear over and over until it begins to really annoy me. As if to tell me, I need to spend more of my money by basically brain washing me. I really need an Ad-Blocker add-on to my browser.

Last Edited: January 23, 2018, 4:25 PM

VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2018, 4:29 PM

The ads that are most irksome are those that are really scams sent in emails.

They seem to think I need some kind of medication, first, then someone else of the opposite persuasion to use it for! The truly weird ads are the ones addressed to me as Virginia or as Victoria...

MegL wrote on January 23, 2018, 4:55 PM

You make some very good points there. The ads defeat their own purpose at times because the person running the site thinks "ads bring money, more ads = more money". It's not so. Too many ads slow the sites down, very often, I think THAT annoys viewers. I try to run only one or two ads on my sites and unobtrusive, so they don't get in the way or slow the site. I HATE those scammers that buy ad blocks then run phishing or download scams from them!

MegL wrote on January 23, 2018, 4:56 PM

My husband likes looking at guitars, so guitar and amp ads follow me!

MegL wrote on January 23, 2018, 4:57 PM

That's odd, most of the scam ads address me by a male name!

VinceSummers wrote on January 23, 2018, 5:14 PM

This last is new to me...

MegL wrote on January 24, 2018, 2:26 AM

Those were the kind that slowed PersonaPaper when it showed adverts and where the broswer page froze, trying to make you click a button.

VinceSummers wrote on January 24, 2018, 9:03 AM

Oh. OK. I figured you meant something like scam designers producing supposed ad-blocker software that, in reality, skimmed your information in some fashion.

MegL wrote on January 24, 2018, 12:54 PM

Wow, that sounds scary. I don't use ad blockers but I must watch out for those.

VinceSummers wrote on January 24, 2018, 2:45 PM

Since I was just imagining what you were saying, I am not certain if such software I envisioned does really exist. If we weren't decent people, maybe we would go into business manufacturing this kind of stuff? DON'T take me seriously, I'm just KIDDING.