On work days, in an effort to ease my transition from the river Lethe to the living world, I watch the morning news including the featured stories on NBC’s Today Show.
And so I watched as they interrupted their morning banter with “breaking news”: a video that was tied to some story about birth. The live video featured a woman at the very moment when her child was born, complete with an reporter in the room.
By my count, within about 54 seconds after the newborn girl exited the womb, they presented the baby with a “onesie” that include the NBC morning logo.
And so it is that we market and sell every experience in our lives. It’s just a shame that they didn’t get that logo on the baby while she was still in the birth canal.
As for me: I’d like my death to be brought to you by Snickers.
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertising.
– Norman Douglas