yay! now i know what to get for my boyfriend's birthday!
but: the philosophical angle?
lol, it sounds like it's simply meant to be a joke, a novelty item, an office party gag gift. i haven't seen the commercial, but i bet it has real cheesy production values, lol; stylistically it sounds like it's probably in the same strain of self-aware, ironic, post-modern humor as old navy commercials, the mcdonald's ad with the nerdy guy on the park bench and the chick with orange eye shadow holding the suggestive french fry, amazon.com's christmas glee club ads, the same humor underlying the whole premise of "that 70's show" on fox.
stylistically post-modern, but, in the end, firmly in the looooong tradition of novelty items. like billy bass, the singing fish, you aren't supposed to buy it and actually USE it yourself, lol; you're supposed to "get" the joke, and give it to someone in front of a bunch of other people as an embarrassing gag gift. everyone groans and laughs and goes home happy, lol. no big deal. the fact that there will be some who don't "get it" only makes it funnier. what's wrong with a little crass, earthy, low-brow humor now and then?
i don't think we're going to hell in a handbasket, but if we are, it ain't because of the potty putter, lol.