Thanks for your insight wrt advertising. With the billions spent trying to convince the populace of this or that, I would say it’s contributing significantly to the downfall of civilization. If the power of paid-for spots wasn’t so powerful, political parties wouldn’t be spending mega amounts of dollars.
At least the younger crowd is steering away from the tried and true advertising model as they depart enmasse from cable TV and the usual means of entertainment media. Slowly, people will be able to think for themselves until the advertising behemoths change course.