Book Review: "Negative Political Advertising: Coming of Age" Book Review by Agate

Book Review: "Negative Political Advertising: Coming of Age"
# 3181 | 1,110 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Sep 10, 2003 in Political Science (General) , Literature (General) , Advertising (General)

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This paper uses the book, "Negative Political Advertising: Coming of Age" as a basis for a discussion on how negative political advertising has become a part of the campaigning process and how it will continue to be so in the future. It also looks at the various types of negative political advertising, the history of negative political ads, what is involved in negative political communication, the laws and ethics, and essentially, how it affects society.

From the Paper:

"The authors provide excellent support throughout the book on their intentions and stance on the topic of negative political advertising. According to Johnson-Cartee and Copeland, there are three political campaign strategies as follows: supportive messages, reactive response ads, and negative ads. Here they show that negative ads are actually part of the strategy in campaigns. They go into depth and describe the different types of negativity used in advertisements, such as comparative versus direct. They also covered the different functions that these types of ads are used for. For example, different types of negative ads are used strategically throughout campaigns. The authors show that there actually is thought and strategy involved in this process, and it is not simply all attack ads; which would destroy your campaign anyway. Johnson-Cartee and Copeland provide substantial evidence of where they wanted the book to go and what direction they were going to take. The authors wanted us to see that these types of ads are useful and in fact necessary in the political communication arena. Throughout the book the authors provide many citations and examples of where their findings are coming from and how they relate to the topic at hand. Their findings and explanations are exceptional. "

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