Below is a quote from an interesting Op Ed by Thomas Friedman. It suggests, with a great level of clarity, that the proliferation of advertising is evidence of the over marketization of our daily lives and that this is restricting our social cohesion. Definitely worth a read.
"Why worry about this trend? Because, Sandel argues, market values are crowding out civic practices. When public schools are plastered with commercial advertising, they teach students to be consumers rather than citizens. When we outsource war to private military contractors, and when we have separate, shorter lines for airport security for those who can afford them, the result is that the affluent and those of modest means live increasingly separate lives, and the class-mixing institutions and public spaces that forge a sense of common experience and shared citizenship get eroded."
PORING through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel's new book, "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets," I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, "I had no idea." Full Article [Here
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