It is unclear to me why advertising is legal in public places.
I appreciate that large revenues are generated but feel that the erosion of rational thought it induces is, comparatively, devastating….and, far more costly. I have a voice on this because I lived for a decade virtually devoid of unsolicited advertising and marketing and can categorically state that: it is playing with our minds folks. Due to the removed nature of my experience base, coupled obviously with part of a life spent in heavily bombarded urban spaces, I am able to maintain rational thought in the face of brain mashing wallet-sucking advertising gibber. I usually get as far as; “I’d love a sausage”, “you’ve never eaten meat in your life”, “Oh yeah course, I wonder what sparked…..oh!” looking at some glossy sell-fest foody catalogue. If that doesn’t convince you…
Life isn’t simple, simply coz most of us are exposed to that complete twaddle. You feel over-loaded, over-crowded and brain-addled…..because you are. I am using “you” because after four mind-muddling years, as of six months ago I am back in the land of no products and services. Whoop!
If someone was creating loads of very loud noise continuously in a public space, it would be a health risk, a public nuisance, probably illegal, “health & safety”….. big fuss: noise lowered or off completely. Due to the silent and subversive nature of massive shouty billboards, constantly changing gargantuan screens and other ghastly things of that ilk, it’s deemed perfectly acceptable. How can one really concentrate on anything sensible if one is constantly thinking about trainers and cars, deodorant, sunglasses, cars, food, shoes, food, cars……? I’m amazed most folk in the cities haven’t just descended into meltdown, tottering about bashing into things in their vain attempt to sift through all the crap in their brain to find what actually needs to be done that day. It is mind-numbing, literally.
I really do vote for advertising in public space to be removed from the ‘acceptable’ list. We can gather cash elsewhere, in fact, if our youth didn’t feel the seemingly instinctual desire to own the latest just-about-everything, and those that didn’t achieve this level of material gain, in a heartbeat, didn’t become depressed, then we’d probably free up so much cash from the NHS, police, social services and welfare that we wouldn’t need to trash our lovely towns and cities with unrealistic, misleading, grotesque and ridiculous promotional material. It’s down right cheeky.
Reclaim our brains, our shared space and our sanity! Can we? Please!