An interesting marketing/sign-of-the-times article from the Boston Globe, "We, the Target Audience."
"Nothing is off-limits from the dumb hard sell anymore - even things that aren't identifiably for sale. The long-lamented creep of commercialization has now crawled outside the bounds of commerce entirely, till real experiences and events have become promotional versions of themselves.
When public and governmental institutions are the ones doing the marketing, it's especially unsettling."
Read the entire article here.