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A monarchy is a form of government in which all political power is passed down to an individual (usually hereditary) known as a monarch ("single ruler"), or king (male), queen (female).
Originally posted by thepixelgarden
I never really bought into the whole 'brainwashing the masses' claim. Maybe this seems like blaming the victim, but I really believe that people need to be responsible for their own actions.
People don't really go out and buy products just because they see them on tv, do they? I mean, my wife and I think the E-Trade baby is cute and funny, but I'm not going to go buy what E-Trade is selling because of that. That would be... well, just really stupid.
Or another example: I have an Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 because everyone in my family loves video games and we can afford it. It's a hobby - everyone has those; we would have bought them without commercials suggesting for us to buy them.
By contrast, I don't care about cars. Cars are just things to get me from point A to point B, and no amount of exposure to glamorous car commercials have convinced me to feel otherwise. Why would they? Commercials can't tell me whether I like something or not.