Six years ago Blogging was a wonderful zenlike experience because most bloggers didn't really care about Advertising.
It would have been sort of tacky..although every blogger may have secretly dreamed that international succe$$ was inevitable as soon as everyone finally realized that their blog was a consistently mindboggling, heartbreaking work of staggering genius ..no biggie. :)
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Today North Americans are exposed to hundreds of brands via dozens of formats that deliver 3,500 Ads per day. We finally get PVRs so that we can skip all the TV commercials, and now the world wide interwebs is infected.
Why should we be forced to sit through an Ad to watch a video on YouTube... Thanks Google!
Nowadays you can't even just close some pop-up ads, "let the cursor hover over the red "Close" button before clicking: if it looks like a hand instead of an arrow, don't click it -- close the whole tab to get rid of it" http://www.media-awareness
The marketing mayhem is much worse much worse than the golden age of advertsing back in the MAD MEN 50s. Now all the major film studios, TV networks, radio and television stations, cable channels, Internet, book and magazine publishing and music companies are owned by a few conglomerates.
That's why you notice these massive cross-promotional campaigns that create these illusions of ubiquity....product placement in your skull from meal toys at McDonalds to banner ads to newspaper flyers to bookstore coffee mugs to billboards.
I studied marketing in college and produced TV ads so perhaps I'm hypersensitive to the ADvalanche of stealth & ambient, product placement, data mining ..it's destroying the once pleasurable experience surfing of the Internet.
All of the online Op-Ed Aggregator (HuffPo) and Lamestream Media News outlets are now riddled with piggybacked marketing messages from one of the conglomerates that totally "owns" them...in every sense of the word. Watch this disaster after you see this ad for cat food. It's a sinister global competition for your eyeballs>brain> wallet/purse.
There is a shark frenzy happening in your clickstream so don't fall in.