There are things we can probably not alter, for example, marketing strategies based on human emotional responses [h/t reader Toodles at N.O.]:
… much as it stinks of manipulation. Where “someone” should probably step in is when it gets into politics at core level, e.g. the things Common Purpose does in “leading beyond authority”. It’s not just CP either using NLP techniques – this is an old post of mine on the topic [scroll down to near the end]:
There are so many article on it, my takeaway is that it’s a very fine line. When the supermarket rearranges aisles to sell some item which was near the door, is that unethical?
What about when marketers/fraudsters target the elderly?
Who determines the ethics of all this and the law? Which laws – UK or EU? US?
What of the regulators being part of the scamming?
Perfect example in the UK is the Electoral Commission:
In short, the regulators in almost any key field have lost the trust of one half of the argument, most usually the common citizen versus the banksters or govt itself.
And one half sees the problem in capitalism – bollox! It is in every sphere, it is corruption deep within those allowed into high places. Only question is how can a people running around frightened possibly rid themselves of these people and the system of the wrong people getting into key roles?
After all – look how slick that advertising site was in the top graphic – how to counter these bstds?