The Cultural Role of Advertising on Society Article Review by write123
The Cultural Role of Advertising on Society
An analysis of the cultural role of advertising on society, as discussed by Sut Jhally in "Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse."
# 106680 | 997 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Aug 12, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Advertising (General) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)
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This paper analyzes Sut Jhally's article, "Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse," in which he tackles the issue of the cultural role of advertising. It discusses his arguments regarding the influence of ads on society and the power of advertising as a global phenomenon. The paper also looks at Karl Marx' definition of western societies and how it relates to Jhally's arguments.
From the Paper:"The definition provided by Margaret Thatcher to the concept of 'society' can help elucidate the ways in which advertising relates to society. Thatcher said, "There is no such thing as 'society'. There are just individuals and their families." This definition means that society is not to be perceived as an entity made up of its members, but as a large group of individuals who follow their own interests. This is, in fact, how advertising relates to the idea of society. Ads do not address this idealistic united body of people, but individuals. This capitalist view of society opposes Marx's view which holds that society is not a collection of separate individuals with competing interests, but of competing classes which are determined and defined in terms of their relationship to production. I believe that the definition provided by Margaret Thatcher is better suited to the issue of advertising, and it accurately reflects the world we live in. In this sense, I argue in favor of Thatcher's view on society because I think that in society we operate as individuals. This could also account for the ways in which advertising talks to us; as Jhally points out, advertising does not address our collective concerns such as healthcare or poverty, but our individual values which in turn, determine our pattern of consumption."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Jhally, Sut. "Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse." Articles. Sut Jhally Wesbite. <http://www.sutjhally.com/articles/advertisingattheed/>
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