When Everything is an Advertisement and How to Cope

I’ll say it simply: I’m disgusted by the amount of advertising in the world today. I’ve been gradually working up to this fit, but the tipping point came the other day in a public bathroom. It was in a mall and the toilet paper was pre-printed with the name of a restaurant that is located in the mall. Out of curiosity, I checked the other stalls to see what their TP said and each stall had different retailers printed on the TP. It was bad enough when companies started advertising on the back of the stall doors, but this is one step too far. Can’t a person have one private moment when they aren’t bombarded by ads? I guess not.

This is just one example of advert


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12 Responses to When Everything is an Advertisement and How to Cope

  1. Lisa says:

    Theres something quite not right about a restaurant wiping your ***. The way I would think about the restaurant would be changed to unsanitary.

  2. Lisa says:

    Sorry, “not quite right”

  3. Ben says:

    Look at this website of yours.

    Look at all these GOOGLE ADS.


  4. Joan.of.the.Arch says:

    Hey, are you advertising those books?

  5. Rose says:

    I agree with a lot of your comments, so I’m sorry to be the one to tell you about this:


  6. pfadvice says:

    Look at this website of yours.

    Look at all these GOOGLE ADS.


    She gets a pass on this…although Jennifer writes for the site, she has no control over the ads on it – that is my responsibility. — Jeffrey Strain

  7. reginald says:

    There is a difference between “recommending” and “advertising.” If she were to make money if you bought the books, that would be advertising. She is merely recommending them.

  8. classy says:

    That toilet paper with advertisements on it makes it free to you. Wouldn’t you rather have it there than none at all?

  9. GaelicWench says:

    Ah, the old addage, “There’s truth in advertising.” I agree. Advertising on toilet tissue in a public restroom is taking it too far.

    Here’s how I see it…..I don’t like ads. But think of how much we’d have to pay for access to our favorite websites if it weren’t for the revenue the owner gets from the advertisers.

    Worse yet, I’d hate to see what our cable and satellite dish bills would come to if it weren’t for all those blasted commercials.

    Wonder if someone’s trying to come up with an internet-type Tivo?

  10. Shannon says:

    A few thoughts:

    1. You’re right about some conditions being made up. I know someone in medical advertising, and he said that restless leg syndrome actually WAS created by the pharmaceutical industry because they had a drug that helped that previously “undiscovered” condition but didn’t have a name/diagnosis for it.

    2. If you do avoid a place of business whose advertising practices you don’t like, it helps to let them know why you’re doing it, so they realize that they’re not losing business because of the economy or your tastes, etc.

    3. Also, though ads make some websites free to the user, don’t malls usually cover the cost of toilet paper in their restrooms even without the ads? I’m not buying classy’s argument.

  11. typome says:

    While advertising does offer free options such as television, a closer look at the process shows that it’s hardly “free” at all. If companies eliminated or toned down their advertising budgets (which tend to run in the millions and even billions), they could lower the cost of their products.

    What may seem “free” (i.e. television) is usually paid for in other ways (higher costs for the advertised products).

  12. Gail says:

    Several years ago we decided to cancel cable TV and use the money on something else. We have never connected it back up so we no longer get bombarded with commercials. Although we have an antennae up on the roof that could be connected to the TV, after living here for a year, we just haven’t bothered. We watch videos and DVD’s, many picked up at yard sales for cheap. Last year we canceled the newspaper and all it’s advertisements. I rarely turn on the radio and then it is supposedly ad free PBS. We haven’t missed a single ad nor do we have those longings for whatever we just saw on the TV.

    Advertising on the TP is gross, but you can make an effort to control the biggest bunch of advertising and that is cut that cable cord! People had a life before TV and cable and if it was suddenly gone, they would still go on living! I have always been surprised by people who are so financially stressed that they don’t know how they will pay their bills, but they refuse to give up their TV addiction.

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