My story about 'marketing creep':
Back in 2002, I went to see a movie with a friend. It was the first time I had been to a movie theater in at least 6 years (no joke). I was a little worried about getting there a few minutes late, but then remembered they usually show a few minutes worth of previews for upcoming movies.
We arrive and the previews began...I thought. Wait a minute...what?! There were showing actual commercials - paid advertisements for random things that had nothing to do with anything, as far as I was concerned. I turned to my friend in shock. He looked at me, a little puzzled. I literally turned around and scanned the faces of the people in the movie theater. I was the only person who was trying to figure out what was happening and why no one was responding with disgust (or at least noticeable irritation).
I still feel like that sometimes. Exactly when did it become okay to sell us stuff after we paid a fair amount of money to see a movie? Or with mobile phones...when did it become okay to show me commercials when I check the weather forecast? I paid for my phone. I pay for monthly service. I pay for all the extra data capabilities. And I have to endure advertisements every time I want to see how warm it will be that day?
I'm not sure what's worse: that this has happened or that people are not more upset about it.