☆ Advertising funded media is not democratic.
A basic principle of democracy is that citizens should have equal access to power. Most of our mass media is Advertising Funded Media. This means that any individual or organization that is wealthy can have a super access to power. If you have the money you can make your voice heard in the mass media simply by buying advertising time or space. That is undemocratic.
☆ Advertising funded media is a rip off.
Citizens as consumers pay for the advertising every time they purchase a product or service. The cost of advertising is built into the price. That is only half of the rip off. Citizens pay again by having their time wasted while they wait for advertisements that are interrupting. Millions of man hours are wasted.
☆ Advertising funded media interferes with the free market.
The good thing about the free market system is that it is supposed to promote progress. When new products or services are developed that are superior they should rise to the top and replace the inferior. Not though when we have Advertising funded media. Established products and services with masses of capital behind them live on long past the time they should. Competition in the free market has become a competition for quality of marketing hype instead of a competition for quality.
☆ Advertising funded media drowns out citizen’s free expression.
How can an individual that has very limited capital voice an opinion to the greater society when that society is polluted with messages that are being repeated by machines that are exclusively controlled by the wealthy? Nice that we can say what ever we want almost and not have to worry about being imprisoned or tortured and executed but still not quite fair that there is no where near an equality of voice between the rich and the poor.
☆ Advertising funded media censors content
Media owners, writers and editors self censor so as not to offend the advertisers who fund their work. That is not fair. Citizens deserve to be informed of news events even when the content may be damaging to advertisers.