Analysis of the Intellectual Manipulation of Ads

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Advertising as an influence, both negative and positive, on social constructs of body image has been the subject of debate about the responsibility ads have to their audience. Given that there are more effective means of protecting potential viewers from the negative aspects, ads, considered as art, should not have restrictions placed on them that would violate the advertisers' First Amendment rights. Opposition to loaded, modified, or invented human forms that suggest restraining advertisers' creative freedoms may overlook the alternatives. Also proven to have adverse effects on an impressionable audience, violent video games “[showing] a connection between exposure … and harmful effects on children … qualify for First Amendment protection,” according to the Supreme Court decision (Brown v. Entertainment). Negative effects on body image to parallel the violent behavior encouraged in video games may be similarly counteracted. Charles Smith of Kansas State University suggests that “[w]ith a good parent-child relationship, most children can play a video game and will not become violent because of it,” (Smith). This in combination with the Court's ruling further suggest that “moral judgments about art and literature … are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree,” and contradict suppositions that regulation of advertising is the best solution for its influence. Indeed some have picked up on this notion of militant hostility to advertising, blogger Tyler Lucille notes how ineffective such a practice is and offers advice saying “we should be teaching [youth] instead that comparison is the thief of joy (Lucille). Also speaking to an audience susceptible to harm from the media, the National Eating Disorders Associa... ... middle of paper ... ...kan Sassy. BlogHer Publishing Network, 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 07 Feb. 2014. Miller v. California - 413 U.S. 15. Supreme Court of the United States. 1973. Justia US Supreme Court Center., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Nastasi, Alison. "10 Radical Art Projects That Celebrate Women’s Bodies." Flavorwire. Flavorwire, 7 July 2013. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Rosenfelf, Everett. "Japanese Scientists Build a Perfect (and Fake) Pop Star." Time NewsFeed. Time, 24 June 2011. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Smith, Charles. "PARENTING EXPERT: GOOD PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP BETTER THAN BANS AS WAY TO COUNTER VIOLENCE IN VIDEO GAMES." Kansas State University. Kansas State University, 14 July 2011. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. Walker, Rob. “Social Lubricant.” Everything’s An Argument with Readings. 4th ed. Ed. Andrea Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. 614-617. Print.
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