The Power of Advertising

Science Daily had an interesting article about the power of advertising to create false memories.

This reminded me of the constant barrage of attack ads from the ‘Cons’ in the recently completed Canadian election (not just during the election campaign but over the five years prior to the final election) and the decisive rout of the Liberal party. Interesting. I think during the 1950’s this kind of approach was referred to as the ‘big lie’.

Hopefully, now that the ‘Cons’ have the reins of power there will be a break from this stuff — i.e. the old opponent is gone and the new opposition is still fresh and largely untried.

Makes me wonder if there is not some point to banning this type of ad, particularly outside of a campaign, as an aid to facilitating democracy?


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