Wow, you have an interesting inquiry question! I agree with you: the way of which companies use their advertising to manipulate people into using their products is a fascinating topic where more light should be brought upon it! Good job! Your post was very organized, and I liked how your points were very clear. For your future research rounds, you should evidently investigate how it was advertised and compare to right now. However, I’d be really excited for you to investigate why we, as a population, are so vulnerable to advertisements. I remember in one of the courses I took called Communications 9 that we were to investigate why are big companies are even targeting youth in particular. When we get older, our advertising defense mechanisms get stronger because we grow more conscious about our social environment. We can recognize commercials and product placements much faster. We watched a whole documentary about it! There, I found out that, in the United States, their principal product they wanted to sell to their viewers was food ranging from candies, snacks, cereal and fast food. You would almost never see advertisements on vegetables! Nonetheless, I discovered (with the first website below after looking into the topic I was mentioning) that 1/3 of Americans children as obese. Moreover, Americans spend about 6 billion dollars on holiday candy only. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a direct result from advertising; however, it is evident that there is an effect of this marketing technique. As a result, we should be paying more attention to how companies are publicizing their products. You could also look into what about tobacco makes it so addicting. I suggest you look into the regulations they’ve put on this sort of advertising. This is because it is evident that the commercials, they’ve got nowadays are different from 20th century. What I find particularly intriguing is what the second website attached mentioned how the tobacco industry had stated that “they don't try to convince anyone to begin smoking. They claim their advertising and promotional campaigns are designed to maintain their present market share of smoking customers, reduce defection of their brand smokers who might consider another company's brand; and entice smokers of other brands to try their products.” In my opinion, I disagree with their statement. Nonetheless, you can also look into the two sides of the conflict and really dive deep in what they really mean behind their statement. You can also look how tobacco advertising and the anti-drug campaigns are affecting adolescents’ self-images and their perceptions of smokers.
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