Very short short-story of a near future with advertisments everywhere, even on toilet paper. Maybe by Philip K Dick?

Can't think of anything else to add... googling turned up too many other things. Thanks!

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    Huh! This rings a bell, but it sounds like Frederik Pohl's "The Space Merchants", which is... not a short story. I read something like this in asimov's recently, but it's not quite the right thing.
    – Daniel B
    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:15
  • Thanks! It's a long time ago, so maybe "The Space Merchants" was it. Being shanghaied in the plot rings a bell, but I may be confusing stories. OTOH if it has toilet paper advertising in it, any other story would have copied from it, it being from 1953 and seeming very original wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Space_Merchants Oct 9, 2017 at 6:24
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    The main reason I suggest it is that it's the absolute progenitor of the "mass advertisement dystopia" genre. The quote always stuck with me: "Think about smoking, think about Starrs, light a Starr. Light a Starr, think about Popsie, get a squirt. Get a squirt, think about Crunchies, buy a box. Buy a box, think about smoking, light a Starr."
    – Daniel B
    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:28
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    This question also has interesting answers; The Room sounds like it could fit the bill.
    – Mr Lister
    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:36
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    @MrLister Yes! Must be "The Room", I don't remember further details, but I did read "100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories" (in your second link). Thank you. Oct 9, 2017 at 7:02


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