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.
@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.
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...
Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.