Anti Advertising Community

people for ethical advertising standards.

Advertising never looked so good.
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Welcome to the antiadvertising community.
Date Created: 03-20-2004.
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Most of you have hand picked been invited here, we welcome you and hope you will enjoy and contribute.

We support controlled, regulated and neutral advertising standards and ethical practices.
We support the recognition of corporate as well as personal responsibility within the media.

Remember you can choose whether or not to participate in the making or brands or icons buy not buying into it mentally or physically. - This is called personal choice and responsabilty.

Million dollar images telling us who we are supposed to model ourselves after and what we need to buy to accomplish just that.

”If advertising speaks to a thousand in order to influence one, so does the church. If it encourages people to live beyond their means, so does matrimony….Christ would be a national advertiser today.”
- Burce Batron, ad man.

Advertising and the media plays a HUGE role in our everyday lives. More of one than we care to admit.
Often people don’t realize the various impacts and strangle hold advertising has upon societies. Advertising like it or not is here to stay. Bartering has come along way baby. Although the majority of people don’t see the vast effects advertising has on the world; in reality advertising is more than glossy images and information put forth to the public to sell products and services. Advertising helps to shape and form everything from economics, policies, laws, rights, trades, trends, status quos, presented information, news, products and services, goods and taxes, politics, businesses, stocks, opinions, stereotypes, personalities, households, diet, travel, tourism, etc.

If you think advertising has no effect on you. You’re sorely mistaken and that’s just another ploy they would like you to believe. Playing into their hands.

False needs and false promises, generated by a consumer driven culture, which cultivates weakness within a person and then exploits it.

"The Death of Advertising? I think that's in the book of Revelation. It's the day when people everywhere become satisfied with their weight, their hair, their skin, their wardrobe, and their aroma..." (J. Richards)

"Sexual images in advertising and through the media
define what is sexy and more important, who is sexy.
To begin with, sex in advertising in the mass media
is almost entirely heterosexist- lesbian, gay, or
bisexual sex is rarely even implied in the
mainstream media {aside from the occasional male
fantasy of lesbianism as two beautiful women waiting
for Dick to arrive.} We are surrounded by images of
young, beautiful heterosexual couples with perfect
hard bodies and perfect teeth with no
cavities{italics mine} having sex. Women are
portrayed as sexually desirable only if they are
young, thin, carefully polished and groomed, made
up, depilated, sprayed, and scented -rendered quite
unerotic, in fact -and most men are conditioned to
seek such partners and to feel disappointed if they

We never see eroticized images of older people,
imperfect people, people with disabilities. The gods
have sex, the rest of us watch-and judge our own
imperfect sex lives against the fantasy of constant
desire and sexual fulfillment portrayed in the
media. To a great extent, the images define
desirability-our own as well as others'. We can
never measure up. Inevitably, this affects our
self-images and radically distorts reality."

-the words of jean kilbourne.

Advertising, say McGrane, is "the opposite of therapy...it's designed to generate an inner sense of conflict with ourselves." As Jhally adds, advertisers "know that they can't give us what we want (autonomy, recognition, love, community). But they can take that image of what we want and link it up to these objects. It's not about manipulation; it's not about false consciousness. It's about getting into the dream life of people."

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling if the country.
-Edward Bernays, Propaganda 1928.

“The 20th century saw three development of great political importance,” wrote a labour relations theorist Alex Carey, “the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.”

advertising is bad becuz:
# Advertising is bad because its whole aim is to make you feel like you're not good enough as you are: that you have to get product x in order to be happy.
# Advertising is bad because it is full of lies like 'buy product x and you'll be able to sleep with this sexy woman'
# Advertising is bad because it plays on and encourages all our basest instincts.
# Advertising is bad because it encourages materialism, consumerism and selfishness.
# Advertising is bad because it controlls your mind.
# Advertising is bad because it invades your privacy via spam, junk mail, bill boards
# Advertising is bad because it clouds your mind. Do you really want to be bombarded with useless information from morning to night.
# Advertising is bad because it gives you a false idea of reality. Smiling happy couples everywhere - so why is the divorce rate over 50%??
# Advertising is bad because it encourages impatience. Buy now.
# Advertising offers you freedom, untamed spirit, wildness - and it gives you conformity and stress.


The Abridged A to Z of Anti-Advertising - The Underground Survival Guide.

*monitor corporate activity -
*track corporate harms - corporatewatch.org
*make trade fair - maketradefair.com
*understanding PR industry- prwatch.org
*use independent media - indymedia.org
*resist corporate culture - uberculture.org
*jam corporate culture - adbusters.org
*democracy in action - moveon.org
*sabotage corporate culture -rtmark.com
*rethink the corporation - poclad.org
*build economic democracy - parecon.org
*localize ownership - davidkorten.org
*increasing public awareness - aurora.ca
*be an active shareholder - business-humanrights.org
*strengthen the regulatory system - publiccitizen.org
*get corporations out of schools - schoolcommercialism.org

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- Posts and commentaries about anything and everything bad even some good that is related to advertising and its counterparts.
- NO advertising of other communities or websites UNLESS it is strictly related and approved by the mod.
email requests here. or since posts are now moderated, post and mod will approve or reject it.
- Freedom of speech is respected, however, fuck up large and deal with the consequences.
- Free speech IS whole heartedly advocated. But be a condescending jerk with only rude things to speak or be a troll and deal with the consequences.
-Respect other people.

Community Ring:

antivists -Vent and rant, learn about the consumerist, materialistic, politically upset world we live in. – 48 billion dying of success, 48 billion dying of failure.
ethics_vs_law You Be The Judge.
antiadvertising - Advertising never looked so good.
femalearchetype - A Backlash towards a patriarchal society.
caringconsumer -Consumerism is not patriotism, shop smart, consume less.
the_corporation - The Pathological Pursuit of Power: If a corporation was seen as a person in the eyes of the law, what kind of person would it be?
marshallmcluhan: The medium is the message. Technology is an extension of man.
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