This is really no different from life 60 years ago when Bill Bernbach looked at advertising and said, in effect, "there's too much decoration, too much filigree, too much pablum and not enough honesty." That distraction had overwhelmed communication.
This is what is happening around the world today.
The art of reduction--the teutonic brutality of killing extraneous ideas, thoughts, farts and predilections, has all but disappeared.
In fact, if I had the business and could open an agency I think I would invent one agency title: Editor in Chief.
This person would be coffered in a sanctum sanctorum and would be armed with a thick black pencil of the Leo Burnett ilk. Print-outs of everything would be delivered to this person and he would ex out everything that no longer matters. No one would be able to talk to this person--there would be no "explaining" the work. He would remain in solitary confinement and work would be reviewed anonymously.
All that doesn't matter would be exed. Mercilessly.
If the pencil wasn't reduced to a mere nub by the end of the week, the Editor would be fired.
Years ago when I worked on IBM with the unsurpassed art director Tore Claesson, we did a series of very good print ads that followed this reductionist stamp.
We had a few simple goals. 1) We wanted the ads to have the biggest headline type in the periodicals we were in. 2) We had to bury our clients' competitors. 3) We had to make the ads quick to read with convincing arguments along the way.
These were the kind of ads that were already out of fashion when we did them.
But fuck fashion.
My Editor in Chief would have liked them.