Yammer, you're a riot. :LOL
I'm also disturbed by the way advertisements seem to be taking over the world! I mean, even sporting events - we now have things like "The Coca-Cola Figure Skating Challenge" or the "Continental Airlines Stadium." It's kind of Big Brother-like in a way, no?
I had heard that marketing to children was not allowed in Europe, and that sounds great to me. This is why I won't let dd watch any commercial television. We watch some shows on PBS, but we usually stick to videos, or I'll tape some programs for her, like Blue's Clues, which I think is a good show but the commercials on Nickelodeon are horrifying! They're all for junk food and really crappy toys, and the commercials themselves are so full of stereotypes - like the boy riding a cool bike while a group of giggling girls look on admiringly. Ugh. :mad:
When I was teaching, we would often get free supplies like textbook covers for the students that were covered with advertisements - I never gave them out! I think it's important to teach our kids to view advertising for what it is - people trying to get our money in whatever way they can! I liked to teach my students about this in school, and I plan on teaching it to dd, but at age 3, I think i am serving her best by limiting her access to such things. I will not let corporate America turn my dd into a mall rat!