That's really motivating and encouraging, as well as our growing #community!
I agree with what you say. Though I'd like nuance (at least how I look at it) that we have the Ads model we so abhor. And then we have the innocuous verb 'to advertise', meaning: showing what you have.
The latter we can't do without. If you hadn't 'advertised' #TROM I wouldn't know about it.
If behind a door is a bakery but no indication it is there, then no one will get to their bread.
So I think not all advertising is bad. But the word itself we see as 'evil'.
@humanetech @tio @duncan_lithgow @tblock In another subthread I was bemoaning how marketing is designed to infect our subconscious minds with information going against our best interest, and I think that is what you mean by one of your uses of "advertising" here, and so I would propose the word "marketing" to describe the goal of subconsciously influencing future behavior, as opposed to just informing.
@humanetech @tio @duncan_lithgow @tblock agreed that the field of marketing includes other activities that aren't manipulative, such as performing research to learn what "the market" wants to buy. Fitting a product to market is a good and necessary activity; making the market fit around the product by manipulating people into behaving as the seller would like is the part I'm concerned by.
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