@resist1984 Right: Red Queen's race.
There's a great book written at the dawn of the modern advertising age, short, fact-filled, highly readable, by Hamilton Holt, called "Commercialism and Journalism" (1909).
It lays out virtually all the current complaints (though misses political manipulation). Highly recommended.
@dredmorbius @resist1984 @temporal it very much reminds me of this excellent piece on the "race to the bottom" nature of it all: https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/