May 15th, 2012

Love or Hate Advertising, It's More Egalitarian Than the Alternative

By Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic

There are sensible observations in Thomas Friedman’s weekend column: market values are governing more spheres of life in America than ever before; it is troublesome that people of different income levels are increasingly unlikely to encounter one another; and we are losing some “places and institutions that used to bring people together from different walks of life.” For more on those subjects, go read some Mickey Kaus and then some Charles Murray.

What I can’t figure is why Friedman treats mass advertising as if it’s intimately connected to these trends.

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