"Sometimes we all go a little overboard at the mall," the announcer intones empathetically in one spot. "Take an honest look at your shopping habits," advises financial planner June Walbert in another ad. "Do you shop to make yourself feel better?"
Sometimes we fantasize about what women's magazines would be like if they, too, were taxpayer-supported, freed from the shackles of Maybelline ads that force them to "dumb down" their copy and run the same five life tips over and over again. This story is sort of the journalistic equivalent of a huge Ayn Rand turd in the middle of our utopian vision. We are so depressed, we probably need to buy something.
Soldiers, Beware: Mall May Be Risky
Ayn Rand [Wikipedia]