American advertising culture

So, I was checking my web-mail account (I have an old one I use occaisionally at mail.com) and their homepage had a link to an article on stuff going on in Iraq right now. I clicked the link and started reading. As I was reading the article, though, I started noticing the ads around it...

I ask, is it really necessary to advertise free coach products and pink-chocolate cell phones (talk about a telling symbol of our society) in an article on death and destruction? And, beyond necessary, are there really people out there who say to themselves, "oh no - 78 dead! how tragi... OOH, A PINK CHOCOLATE CELL PHONE!!!"

It makes me kinda sad...

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