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p. 1229. The Role of Advertising in Societylocked

  • Winston Fletcher

Abstract

Can advertising be moral? The tripartite of advertising (advertisers, media, and agencies) ought to include a fourth element: the public. This is the group the critics of advertising are concerned about when they question the morality and benefits of advertising. The public should be viewed as overlapping and interacting with the other three groups. To explore the morality of advertising it is necessary to explore how advertising affects people. What is the role of advertising in society? It creates employment, provides the public with free and inexpensive media, it supports media independence, it provides information, it pushes prices down and quality up, and it spreads awareness of brands.

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