Very interesting graphic display of which companies spent the most in advertising in 2010: Paying for Your Eyeballs.
Here are a few observations:
1. GM spent 1.5 billion of OUR dollars to sell US products? (up 20%!) I don't know if there is a clearer example of government misuse of taxpayer dollars. Of course, I'm joking. There are hundreds of better examples. (NASA?)
2. Looking at the companies on the list, I wonder if we could make a direct connection between amount of money spend on advertisements and amount of stuff a company wants to divert our attention away from? It's not so much that the companies most excited about their products want to attract our attention, it's that the companies most interested in hiding things divert our attention with ads.
3. The above two observations help to solidify my theologically given view that whether it's capitalism or socialism, the bottom line is people wasting money in order to cover evil and stupidity. Bottom Line: you loose. Unless it's you wasting the money and doing the foolishness. In that case: you loose BIG TIME.