As I'm starting on this new route to a career in Advertising, I've been noticing how much of a hot topic advertising is and how it seems to be somewhat contravercial. So, I'm here to say that I think advertising is a good thing. It's a form of art, it helps the customer to know what's out there and it spreads ideas. I agree that it can go too far and become manipulative, but I think that's an extreme exception.
Check out this article from Blog of the Nation and decide for yourself.