What if I were to tell you that ads had become smarter than us and now they’re manipulating everything we do?
Mankind became tired of ads, so we kept inventing ways to make things “ad free.” We even created ad blockers. That’s when the ads had to adapt. They had to disguise themselves as news in order to survive.
I’m not sure I’ve heard a more succinct description of why the advertising arms race has become so annoying.
This comes from South Park episode #1908, Sponsored Content, that aired November 18. Jimmy, the school newspaper editor finds himself in competition with Internet news. Jimmy has the rare ability to spot the difference between news and sponsored content.