Clarity about the nature and motivation of advertising is essential, says Jill Segger, if we are to live well and be free from the tyranny which would have us believe that conformity is to be identified with community.
Politics and personality have always been intertwined in the modern era, says Simon Barrow. The increasing glitz and media saturation makes it even more necessary to look past image towards substance - as in religion, too.
“Career Women Make Bad Mothers" declared a paid-for advertising campaigns experiment. Hannah Kowszun disagrees, and says the 'debate' it was claiming to create is way off target. Not least for hard-working women with children.
The Church of England has joined community and public broadcasting campaigners in urging the Government to uphold the prohibition on product placement in TV programmes, following commercial pressure to end it.
In a move which will surprise few and may end up interesting fewer, three Christian organisations are putting thousands of pounds into advertising campaigns to counter the 'atheist buses' backed by Richard Dawkins others.