Advertising has always been a tool of showcasing wealth and capturing minds of masses - "monopolizing the mass media with money". They first create a good impression through crooked means and then exploit the masses. It employs and caters to the rich / wealthy hunks, often the offshoots of looting class. It teaches the commoner consumer that way to happiness and satisfaction is through the consumption of branded objects in this ever growing mindless marketplace. Some cronies, chors, launderers, the defectives by design, elite gurus and modern cools will have all the good reasons to hate and tag this as anti-business, anti-national or even as an extreme terror idea. Where is the surprise, its either their way or right way!
Advertising is a powerful and sustained system of propaganda and its cumulative cultural effects, unless quickly checked, will be responsible for destroying the world as we know it. Our survival as a species is dependent upon minimizing the threat from advertising cronies and the commercial culture that has spawned it. There cannot be doubt as to what is at stake in our debates about education, media, politics, development, business, environment, jobs, technology, society and culture.
It is also important to stress that creating and maintaining the present structure of the consumer culture takes enormous work and effort. The reason consumer ways of looking at the world predominate is because billions are being spent on it every single day. The consumer culture is not simply erected and then forgotten. It has to be held in place by the activities of the ad industry, and increasingly the activities of the public relations, movies, mass media and politicking industries also. Capitalism has to try really hard to convince us about the value of the commercial vision. In some senses consumer capitalism is a house of cards, held together in a fragile way by immense effort, and it could just as soon melt away as hold together. It will depend if there are viable alternatives that will motivate people to believe in a different future, if there are other ideas as pleasurable, as powerful, as fun, as passionate with which commoners can identify.
TV, Leaders and Internet commercials offer solutions to hundreds of problems we did not even know we had - from morning mouth-wash to religious practices to shampoo build-up to fancy apps - but nowhere in the consumer culture do we find any worthy offering us such mundane necessities as affordable health insurance, childcare, housing, or higher education, except some popular schemes for votes and agents. The flip side of the consumer spectacle is the starved and impoverished public sector, looted away by fatty babus & co. We have no way to feed and educate children who are growing up in poverty, help suiciding parents / farmers and stop sacrifice of soldiers. We have dozens of varieties of packaged fast-food, mushrooming web portals / apps and no help for the hungry except token schemes by Government primarily meant for middle-men corruption industry. On top of it, you have modern media which first tie with enemies to spy & tarnish the corrupt rich for TRP and then daringly campaigns on their better curvy side hype in same breath for an indirect ad or fame ransom!
However smart we try to reinvent the wheel, it cannot reverse the fission, all of whose energy are already consumed by the 1%, the rest are developing with a nuclear waste cleaning economy. In Plato's argument and even from vedic wisdom, refusal of many in a purely capitalistic democracy to accept any limits on what they can get or buy or conquer eventually hit reality. And when the reality hits, the frustration and insolence at finding that wealth does not grow on trees or that the world cannot be hammered into the shape our ideology demands easily gives way to a new form of government. That new government promises to remove all the perils and difficulties of self-government in favor of the certainty, stability and security of raw executive power by promising to eliminate all generations of the exploiting cronies in last decades. Fall-back on crude laws of nature, exploitation of one situation eventually leads to another - good for some, bad for some.
Human and nature are on collision course. For 1900 years, we were less than 2 billions, within last 100 years we added 7 billions of our own species blaming progress, some cultural threats, technology, development and modernity. We are responsible for extinction of thousands of other species. Human activities inflict harsh and irreversible damage on the environment, other species and on critical resources. Big corporates in association with vested social and political interest groups keep on exploiting global resources. If not checked, many of our current consumer practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society, plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that our children will be unable to sustain life in the manner we know.
Now even with serious news on hoopla paid media they use private employer brand names and political emblems in chit-chat cases involving nationalism, murder, fraud, extortion or mishaps. It's brand innovation or branding extremism? Interesting question.. though a brand's life is not as B&W and obviously those strictly following management vandalism tend to outperform their poor peers in all measures like productivity, reach, long-term growth and return on capital. Today's republic of digital aliens carry similar classically fascist DNA brands.. advanced replicas. Let few good brands sink deliberately.. as a mark of protest!
Contribution of agriculture is going down in GDP which requires rainbow revolution in practice. Electricity, water, housing are the main issues, how long can we keep fooling ourselves by making international airports, bus terminals and such photo gimmicks? Most are just some farce faces behind which the evils of corruption, crony capitalism and disparity of income hides. If you want to know about real development compare poverty, industrial growth, human index, malnourished, etc.. The good looking photos are some of the false faces behind which bhakts wants to hide - beautiful development photos. It is crony capitalism which makes 1% of population so rich that they control lives of majority.
I am the landlord thanks to my forefather's ruthless greed,
I am the capitalist with power to suppress labor's every need.
I am a proud labor thanks to my ancestor's selfless sacrifice,
I am a worker with power to organically shake all evil edifice.
- Sudhir Panda