It occurred to me that "newsgroup reading" is one of the (few) things I
do in my spare time where I am not advertised at (at least not directly).
On the radio in the car--floods almost every channel!
On sports--it's inseparable, and that's not including the commercials!
On most web pages--it's ubiquitous. They are becoming more "in your
face" all the time.
Plenty of spam.
In the news--virtually everyone who has anything to say has a
vested-interest (and there are a lot of people being downright
"deceptive" in the business news).
Many of the OTA television broadcasts are religious (which I have no
problem with--except when I feel someone is trying to "sell me something").
I"m sure I've left out PLENTY. Thank goodness for peace from all
this--wherever you can find it! Maybe that's one of the nice features
of "work"! : )
Gas prices (Lew) don't bother me as much as the cumulative effect from
all of the above.
I like to think I "own" my thoughts--but that ain't an easy game to play
these days (think about it)!
I hope this helps to explain the source of my first post on this topic.