There are many annoying things about advertising.
How loud and in your face it can be,
The way you are sold a product through an (often highly polished and unrealistic) image of a coveted lifestyle,
And the way women’s heads are periodically removed from their bodies:
But one theme in advertising that has been bothering me lately is this: That to be ordinary – to be anything remotely like anyone else – is unacceptable.
Advertising is something I try not to pay too much attention to, mainly because when I look at most ads the standards they imply through photos such as those above strike me as unfair and unrealistic. Like a strange pseudo-reality, or a fictional narrative in which one has to suspend one’s disbelief to get very far, ads frustrate me from how removed they often are from everyday life.
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