With the article title of the year, Sucking our brains out through our eyes, George Monbiot lays into advertising as part of the commercial ecosystem that supports journalism and content. The final para sums the article's views up quite nicely:
I detest this poison, but I also recognise that I am becoming more dependent on it. As sales of print editions decline, newspapers lean even more heavily on advertising. Nor is the problem confined to the commercial media. Even those who write only for their own websites rely on search engines, platforms and programmes ultimately funded by advertising. We’re hooked on a drug that is destroying society. As with all addictions, the first step is to admit to it.