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Make advertising illegal?

#1sourside21Posted 5/30/2011 6:17:04 PM
Has there been anything that's ever explored this subject?

If you made paid, self-interested advertising illegal, then all information would have to come from another source, whether it be jouranlistic, word of mouth, etc.

Anyways, everytime I see a stupid advertisement that spouts misleading information, it makes me wish advertising was illegal. Adblock Plus ftw
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#2GreenTreeClubPosted 5/30/2011 6:20:14 PM(edited)
You would have to get your advertising from the Federal government. What would that mean? Giving more power to the pharmaceutical corporations and the GMO makers. In Europe, you now need a prescription to get vitamins. This practice is on its way to the U.S
#3sourside21(Topic Creator)Posted 5/30/2011 6:20:44 PM
^ You could get your advertising from the internetz. I hear it's a pretty reliable source.
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#4skullmagic2Posted 5/30/2011 6:47:07 PM
Because if there's one thing the internet needs, it's more paywalls.
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#5Yawn_Master2Posted 5/30/2011 7:20:33 PM
isnt advertising a form of free speech.
#6OrcaPosted 5/30/2011 7:23:54 PM
I don't think you should make advertising illegal but there should be stronger truth in advertising laws. Some of the things in ads really surprise me that they're allowed to do them. For example there's a Head and Shoulders ad where a bunch of scientists are in a lab analysing Head and Shoulders and then saying that the Hair and Scalp institute awarded Head and Shoulders the number 1 anti-dandruff shampoo. Turns out the Hair and Scalp Institute is just one guy in his apartment, set up by Head and Shoulders, and not a plethora of scientists in an independent institute like the ad would have you believe. How can that be legal?
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#7Sir WillPosted 5/30/2011 7:35:11 PM
I don't think you should make advertising illegal but there should be stronger truth in advertising laws.

This.
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#8SirThinkALotPosted 5/31/2011 6:39:58 AM
If you made paid, self-interested advertising illegal, then all information would have to come from another source, whether it be jouranlistic, word of mouth, etc.


How could you possibly make a meaningful distinction between the two? 'Advertising' is an exceptionally vauge term that can refer even to storefront signs or lables on products.

And even if you could, its still a bad idea, advertising not only serves as the main source of income for almost all media outlets, but it serves a vital role of raising awareness of products/services/companies, the greatist product in the world does no good if nobody is aware of its existance.

Eleminating advertising would only slow down the mainstream acceptance of new products and services, and would greatly hinder the creation of new businesses who would have no way to announce or raise awarness of any products or services they provide.

So no, eleminating advertising in general would be a terrible idea. However there does need to be more control on blatently false/misleading advertising.
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#9SirThinkALotPosted 5/31/2011 6:40:59 AM
^ You could get your advertising from the internetz. I hear it's a pretty reliable source.

The internet relies heavily on advertising as a source of income for most sites....
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#10Saber_TigerPosted 5/31/2011 7:15:23 AM
I don't think it would be a very wise use of our resources to prohibit, and I don't think it would be good for either consumers or companies.
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