In our world, most things we own, we buy. They’re made in a factory, usually somewhere quite far away from us—usually, now, in Southeast Asia or China. They’re “marketed” by people who get paid lots of money to do nothing else than create a demand for whatever it is they’re selling. Advertisements for these products appear in all forms of the media we turn to for information in general. They’re just about inescapable, since, in large part, the income from them is what keeps those media running. They’re transported, long-distance, in bulk, to their destinations.