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Still Killing us Softly by Jean Kilbourne gives us prime examples of how the media tries to influence the way we see our society The advertisement examples that she gives show how they portray the ideal woman as young thin and beautiful as well as making all men to look like powerful and insensitive animals which they arent Both of the distortions use pathos as their persuasive devises by evoking emotion in the consumers to cause them to buy their productIn almost all advertisements with the exception of Depends and Polydent all the models are probably not over twenty-five This may have worked in the 1930s when according the American Academy of Anti-Aging the life expectancy was thirty-five However that is not the case today when the average person living in America is predicted to live to 85 The media is entirely misrepresenting the average person just to make it look as if you use their product your age will be preserved This causes many consumers to become disheartened and want to look youngerAnother marketing strategy is to use models that are tall and slender By doing this in clothing ads they lure the consumer into thinking that it is the clothes that are making them look that perfect when actually its for the most part camera tricks and a lot of starvation Advertisers often use fear tactics or slippery slope to scare the women into thinking that their product is the only thing keeping them from being overweight Most often these cases are found in weight loss pills and appetite suppressants that show before and after pictures of someone who has successfully used their productHave you ever seen a model in an ad for beauty products or a clothing store that was not completely gorgeous It makes pretty good sense doesnt it Who would want to buy clothing worn by plain or even ugly people I find myself falling into this superficial trap every
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