Controversial Television Advertising Argumentative Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Controversial Television Advertising
A discussion of the negative impact of advertising on today's youth.
# 119738 | 1,591 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The author of this paper takes on controversial television advertising as having negative and long-lasting impacts on children and youth. In particular, the author examines the sexual nature of this type of advertising, citing its potential influence on the rising rate of teen pregnancy. Additionally, the paper takes a look at violence in advertising and how this affects children's perceptions of reality. The paper is divided into several sections, each confronting different issues in controversial advertising. The paper concludes with a call to parents to demand change and to take a stand against negative influences in children's lives.

Media Takes Aim at Younger Generations to Promote Products
Sexuality in Advertising is Influencing More Than Sales Promotions
Teen Pregnancy has become a Common Thing
Violence is Promoted in Children's Activities
Cartoons and Movies Are Not What They Use To Be
The Media Teaches that Vanity is Important
Beauty Products are not necessary to Stay Looking Young and Overuse Looks Fake

From the Paper:

"Children now believe that they can have sex as long as it is safe. Condoms are frequently advertised. They are promoted by letting children believe that they prevent STDs and pregnancy. This results in sex at a very young age and a large percent of teen pregnancy. Another example can be seen in deodorant commercials, which often depict women putting on the product while wearing nothing but a bra and panties. This leads the viewer to believe that being seen in under clothes is appropriate and eventually leads to sexual behavior."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Christianity Today. (2005, October) Deadening the Heart, Vol. 49, No. 10, Page 31 Retrieved November 6, 2005, from [Web site]
  • Escobar-Chaves, S.L., Tortolero, S.R., Markham, C.M., Low, B.J., ENTEL, P., & Thickstun, P. (2005) Pediatrics. Retrieved October 13, 2005, from American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Hampton, Harriett (2005, November ) Together, we can lower teen pregnancy rate. Clarion Ledger, p.7A
  • Johnson, Steve (2005) Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Good For You. Retrieved October 14, 2005, from
  • Seckler, Valerie (2005) Sexuality's New Subtle Appeal. WWD: Women's Wear Daily, 5/4/2005. Vol. 189 Issue 94, p8-8, 1chart, 2c. Retrieved October 13, 2005 from EBSCOhost database.

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