Ideology masked as scientific truth: the debate about advertising and children

Attacks on advertising often cite apparently scientific evidence that children cannot understand advertising’s persuasive character and are drawn, in response to advertising, to smoke, eat unhealthily and/or drink under age Luik argues that such claims are selective, misinterpret or misrepresent the evidence and draw unwarranted conclusions.

Ideology masked as scientific truth: the debate about advertising and children

Dr. John C. Luik

INTRODUCTION

Ever since the publication of Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders, it has been de rigueuramong the “right-thinking” to dismiss both the...

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