Selective Ads

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Submitted By Bigj6565
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Are we aware of how advertisers appeal to us? Do we think about the credible messages we are listening and watching to without realizing it? Let’s hope so because as consumers, we purchase products that we can identify with. It is important for us to look at the little hints in advertisements, and the parts they play in in determining what products men and women buy in today’s economy.
The number of ads a human see’s throughout their day, between TV and street ads mainly, is in the ballpark of 3,000 and that’s not including the grocery store, the movies, or the mail we get. We don’t realize how exposed to ads we really are. And the scariest part of it all is that they’ll hit us when we’re least expecting it. When you get that craving for cheeze-its, the sudden impulse to buy a new purse, buying the newest pair of shoes, for no reason at all. You know you’re not supposed to buy them, but you cave in and burn a damaging hole in your wallet. You can try as hard as you want not to look at ads but they are all around us. As I sit at my kitchen table writing this paper, I can see at least fifteen ads without turning my head and all I can think about is how good Tormino’s pizza and I could get a free small pizza with my punch card or how I need to beat the next chapter in the HALO saga to take out my anger for how much I love school, Better Homes soft cashmere Amber candle, 1980’s Nintendo helpline number with Mario on it. Just to name a few. Since the television became popular in the early ‘50s, it has been in the living rooms, and minds of people around the world and sadly remains a major part of our daily life. Some people say television is a "harmless entertainment." Violence, sexuality, race and gender stereotypes are common and popular themes in most television programs. Shows like ‘Family Guy’ and ‘South Park’ take these themes, and looks at society as a whole…...

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