Just think what humanity could accomplish if we weren’t all so preoccupied with making someone else richer.

In 2019, humanity collectively spent $563 billion (USD) on advertising. Millions of people devoted countless hours to creating gaudy banners to inconvenience people on the internet, and banal short videos for people to ignore while watching TV. All because some old guys in suits wanted 2% greater profit margins which they refuse to share with their workers.

In 2020, nature attempted to remind humanity of the futility in this kind of nonsense. Humanity has not yet understood this message.

@InvaderXan Do you happen to have any advice on how to reach many people without advertising? Genuine question. I'm trying to find 100 persons I don't know for my instance.

Non profit organizations and social companies also use marketing but if there are better ways I'm interested.

Wouldn't a lot of people lose their jobs if businesses didn't find customers? It's not always about profit as far as I can see, many businesses can't pay salaries if they customers don't find them.

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@JohanEmpa My point here is not, simply, advertising bad. My point is that it's a vast industry, on which humans collectively spend more money than most countries receive as their annual GDP. And it really shouldn't need to be.

Vast amounts of both time and money are being spent on things which are ultimately disposable.

@InvaderXan @JohanEmpa And in many cases shouldn't be treated as disposable.

Computers are very environmentally costly to manufacture (which I'm not sure recycling would do much to fix), but we're now putting them in everything! And replacing our phones each year! Because advertising!

I've long been doing everything I can in my own life to counter this...

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