Originally published in The Age on March 30, 2006

Our state and local governments have also been cowed by the cultural and economic momentum of the marketing industry and their squadrons of boosters and lickspittles in the media. In the relentless drive to attract advertisers’ dollars into supporting public facilities and events, the guardians of public morals have lost their way, blinded by the glitter of corporate culture. But it is time to call a halt and demand that “community standards” be defined once again by the community instead of the advertising agencies and brand consultants who see public decency as little more than an opportunity to flog us more stuff.

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