The more that public broadcasting becomes infested with corporate advertising — "brought to you by . . . and by . . . and by" ad nauseam -- the murkier, cheesier, and more nauseating the language of the ads becomes. This morning's emetic batch of corporate commercials on San Diego's schnorrer public radio station, KPBS-FM, included some insipid fluff for Vanguard mutual funds that ended with the words to help you control your financial destiny.
Does anything about that phrase strike you as incongruous? (more…)