I think I am one of the few people that watches TV ads critically, and I'd like to offer a quick comment about them.
When was the last time you saw a man portrayed as being intelligent? I have noticed a disturbing (at least to me) trend where men are portrayed as idiots, often with a condescending wife standing nearby to protect the poor sap from himself.
I guess that men, and usually white men, are fair game. What kind of message are we sending to the impressionable youngsters watching TV?