In the unusual attempt to be fair (something unheard of in US media), I offer the below link to an opinion article in the Guardian. As mentioned in the past, I like advertising in general. I do not like all ads and many practices (the most-egregious are mentioned) of the industry. I particularly dislike the dependence upon research.
At its best, advertising is an entertaining method of communication. At its worst...well, you get bombarded with it every day.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.