The Buying Fetish

The pressure to buy “stuff” is absolutely relentless. Turn on your TV and one third to one half of the air time is taken up by commercials. Even during the supposed show time there are messages appearing across the bottom of the screen telling you what show you are currently watching, advertising upcoming shows, or actually making a sales pitch. Many of the messages are animated, and are thus distracting from whatever you are trying to watch.It seems that certain messages are repeated with nauseating frequency, to the point that any reasonably intelligent viewer would swear off the particular product promoted. The U.S. has had a negative savings rate for some time now, which should be an economic no-no.

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