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  •  Thank you for this excellent comment. Here's (3+ / 0-)
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    something interesting from a previous diary

    The current state of political advertising has aroused considerable concern within the world of commercial advertising. Major advertising firms and professional associations have widely deplored the lack of accountability of political advertisers and their unwillingness to adhere to a code of ethics (see Advertising Age, April 29, 1996; New York Times, April 29, 1996; Washington Post, July 30, 1996). What exactly is Madison Avenue concerned about? Perhaps commercial advertisers fear that the apathy -- and all too frequently, aversion -- induced by political advertising campaigns may damage the credibility, and ultimately the persuasiveness, of more traditional forms of advertising. As Alex Kroll, former chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, put it: "We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation."
    From a 1999 Stanford study.

    muddy water can best be cleared by leaving it alone

    by veritas curat on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:28:03 AM PDT

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    •  Amazing. There is so much wrong with this bit (3+ / 0-)
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      that it's hard to know where to start.

      As Alex Kroll, former chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, put it: "We must stop politicians from ruining our reputation."

      Reputation? For pushing, marketing, selling stuff like Olestra, the fat "substitute" that can't be digested so the FDA warnings include a caution that eating food containing it may result in "uncontrollable projectile diarrhea?" http://www.vanderbilt.edu/... (Note the "regulatory history" and "product life cycle" laid out in the Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/... -- FDA says OK on Olestra/Olean, State/Administration says OK on XL, another form of "oil." Also indigestible.)

      Great find, that link, too bad not enough people are taught in school to see what's being done to them, how the wealth they create by their labor is stolen and dissipated, how they are manipulated and scoffed at by what my grandmother used to call "sharp characters."

      And let me add another hand to the applause for your diary. I hope lots of people read it, and as the Episcopalians say about the most efficacious way of internalizing their dogma, also learn and inwardly digest it. Too bad humans let their identities get all tied up in "branding."

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:01:13 AM PDT

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