Originally Posted by Tannhauser
It's some years since I've been to the USA, and now that you mention it, I remember being surprised by all the drug adverts on TV there. They are endemic, aren't they? That's a big difference to over here, where we get a few ads for cold relief, headaches and general pain, and that's it.
In general - and this is stereotyping horribly - I think there is a greater tendency for people in the US to be generically suspicious of all government/public offices, and more forgiving when it comes to private corporations. Though that maybe just my perception.
Trust me when I say that the adverts are even at a higher frequency now. Within the last 6 months, they have started running HRT commercials during sports events (on top of the endless Viagra/Levitra/Cialis and Anti-Depression commercials). So, if you are a guy with a chronic bad mood, limp dick, and want to feel young, you will know about what to speak with your doctor by the end of any televised sports event.
Our country was founded on a healthy suspicion of government, IMO. But nowadays, private corporations ARE government because they are the people (so sayeth the Supreme Court) with the power (money) to hire and fire politicians through funding (or lack thereof).
It's all one big mess.