A Fatty Arbuckle short involving the literal mailing of a drunk socialite (right).
Viewing all these shorts for wordplay, a theme is emerging. Advertisements are shown as one or more of the following:
1) Harmful lies (see W.C. Fields, etc.)
2) Ineffective promises
So in the first example, ads are pernicious tricksters destined to befoul the proverbial sucker . In the second, they advocate hopeless wastes of one’s time. The third, ads are implied as innocuous at best and meaningless at worst; their very existence one to which we are always-already ignoring.
Our backs are turned: