Blame The Advertising?

“Two-thirds of Americans (66%) believe advertising agencies have at least some responsibility for the current economic crisis because they caused people to buy things they couldn’t afford. In fact, one-third (33%) believe they have complete or a great deal of responsibility.”  (link here)

It’s true: I would prefer a society that wasn’t saturated by advertising. What I want to know is– now that all these people [in the study] have admitted that advertising causes them to buy things they don’t need/can’t afford, will they stop allowing themselves to be influenced?

Learning about the world and yourself is always supposed to lead to action.

I really like to visit the Anti-Advertising Agency. Their site is a great resource for learning about amazing grassroots projects to lessen the influence of advertising in modern society.

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1 Response to “Blame The Advertising?”


  1. 1 Heather Torres May 5, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Nice post! My guess is no…people will not stop allowing themselves to be influenced by others-advertising agencies, mortgage companies, you name it. Everyone is responsible for their own spending habits-with advertising or without. I agree that our society is completely saturated with advertising and you see brands and promotions everywhere you look but I don’t see that changing anytime soon. When are people going to start taking responsibility for their own actions? Lack of self control is what got us into this recession and new-found self control is what’s going to have to get us out. Here’s to will power!


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