Advertisements Can Change Lives

Can advertisements make people feel or be different?

Advertisers Can Be Dangerous

Companies pay millions of dollars to make their commercials and announce them on TV in the Super Bowl. They work very hard to get customers to spend money on what was shown in them. They could present what a specific product or service can do or compare things from other companies. However, incorrect information has been used to get more attention from patrons. Sometimes, this can make other people think differently towards concepts used in reality, and even change their character. Could this be how we think of other things? Could we prevent this from happening? This is a huge problem for me, but what I can do to stop it is to simply ignore what would be said in commercials.

When I had seen ads that were aggressive or discriminative towards their presentation, I used their information towards my beliefs to who I should be in reality. According to reports, "Advertisements in men's magazines promote the possession of stuff as a valuable, important attribute to have, while lowering the self-esteem of men who do not own the trendiest fashions" (Martin & Centry, 1997 {Article #4}). Even some of those commercials has made me who I am because they have gotten me interested to be like the people shown in them. Another report says, "The media often uses and misrepresents stereotypes; however, they are significantly accepted by people among society"(Anonymous {Article #6}). When I attempt to use that with people who are different, they often try to become more like me, but sometimes they question my personality, either disliking it or wanting to know what I am doing. Also, "they apply this knowledge towards those they meet in real-life" (Anonymous {Article #6}). This was somewhat risky for me, especially that it could've affected how the community views me today. That is why I realize that this is a problem for me and others.

My solution to this situation is to stop listening to anything that advertisements are comparing between each other. I believe they aren't giving true facts about what they're saying because they believe that citizens won't pay attention to it and admit it as actuality so that advertisers will get more customers that would watch those ads. While commercials would be running in TV, I could be doing something else so that I wouldn't think about them, and I could let my future change me instead.

Bibliography/Works Cited

A Structural Theory of Social Influence. Friedkin, N, 23 Mar. 1998. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

"Stereotypes In the Media." 18 Dec 2015

By: Mauricio Galvan

Pre-Ap ILA

7th/8th Period