"Advertising is the most powerful and sustained system of propaganda in human history"... [Lecture] · 2
"Advertising is the most powerful and sustained system of propaganda in human history, and its cumulative cultural and political effects, unless quickly checked, will be responsible for destroying the world as we know it" - Sut Jhally's introduction to his lecture on advertising. - [59:25]
I am terribly afraid of advertising. I feel like it is warping us into creatures that we would find horrifying if we could see ourselves from the viewpoint of a person not warped by adds. Behavioral economics and neuroscience are going to be the next front in the psychological marketing wars, and things like happiness and self understanding will be it's victims.