“They “don’t want you to know the secrets. This should be taught in schools. A class that is taken well before high school, it would be called; Advertising Awareness.
It would discuss the tricks, tactics and reasons of these ads on t.v and radio. It would give kids the tools to learn what is really going on and how to make their own choices when confronted by the tremendous amount of ads today.
Some things discussed : why ads are on during what programs, why are commercials on the same time as the other networks, what is a hard break, why they use attractive thin women and puppy dogs, discussing why fast forward has been disable on some DVR and DVD players, how and why athletes benefit from, how t.v ads went from 5 minutes every half hour in the 1970's to almost 12 minutes per half hour today not including pop up ads, product placement, brought to you and presented by’s. Also how and why local news channels have segments during broadcasts promoting products. This class would give kids the awareness so they can make better choices and how to avoid and tune out the game of advertising.
There would be an additional class for internet ads, and what to look for. It would discuss, for example, tools on how to avoid ads that "they" don't tell us about. Free tip warning!!!! Using Firefox as your internet web Browser, instead of Explorer for example, and installing the Ad Block Plus (ABP) which will eliminate all the ad boxes on your page...making for a fast, safe and easy web browsing experience.
"They" don't want ad awareness taught in schools, its a big business and money maker and in doing so, keeps the kids (and then adults) up to date on what they should buy, what they should look like and what’s in, what’s out.
I on the other hand have the” tools” to avoid these 12 minute ads per half hour, what to look for if I am confronted with these ads and how to avoid them. I am not "product of society".