If we look at adverts again there are two effects - the intended effect, under which I would put turning us into consumers, wanting more and more stuff, wanting ever newer things; and the means that they use to persuade us. For example I would put the greater sexualisation in adverts into the latter category - that is something that they are using - not something that they want to encourage.
The odd thing is that I suspect that most people object to those things on TV which reflect society and which the advertisers use to achieve their ends. But to my thinking these are less likely influence people than the messages that the advertisers are trying to spread. Perhaps it is too late and most people take the advertisers messages as real. But the materialism that they encourage doesn't deliver - perhaps it is inevitable - if it did people would stop buying when they had enough - and perhaps that gives the game away - the advertisers tell us we can never have enough. Davina McCall was recently quoted saying:
Asked if fame was a trial to put herself through, Davina said: "I wanted to be famous to prove I was worth something. "But the day I got my own show on MTV I cried all night because it didn't bloody validate me and I'd spent years thinking it would. "Fulfilment's an inside job. I just try to give more than is expected. That little bit extra takes you so far." http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/passtheremote/2010/01/big-brothers-davina-mccall-wan.htmlI don't know whether this is a message that used to be known, but has been lost, or whether TV is to blame. But it worries me far more than anything else on our screens.