The Advertising Of Tobacco, Alcohol And Fast Food: Social Manipulation

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7 pages in length. Advertising, in and of itself, is an entity whose entire existence depends upon the ability to manipulate, influence and convince people to purchase or use a product/service they otherwise might not. The extent to which advertising tactics are so calculating and focused upon achieving this objective is both grand and far-reaching; that a successful advertising campaign is based much more upon the way the product or service is sold than the actual worth of that product/service speaks to advertising's capacity for selling anything to anyone even - and especially - when the product/service is directed to an inappropriate target market. Pursuing underage drinkers/smokers and children where cigarettes, alcohol and fast food are concerned illustrates the depths to which advertisers will go to shift the delicate balance between social ethics and the powerful lure of capitalism. Bibliography lists 6 sources.