Related to the PR debates: What are pros and cons of advertising? For examples, think about visual communication from an ad you really liked and one ad you really disliked. Explain why you were inspired or repelled by the ads – how much of your feelings were affected by the words, or by the images?
The main pro of advertising is that it’s good for business. Good business is equated with a good economy and good wages. The main cons of advertising include clutter, misinformation, and loss of trust.
An example of a good ad would be a movie preview (like this one on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4RK3jY7AVk). The only motive behind the movie preview is to sell the movie in order to promote future business for other movies created by the same company.
An example of a bad ad would be a political mud-slinging ad (like these two from youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIA5aszzA18 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhQlnx1NSUw). Both anti-Obama and anti-Romney political campaigns demean politics by providing a screen of deception about the personal stance of each candidate on particular issues and neither side provides specifics to the public.