The importance of advertising in today’s society
Second year English Literature and French Language student Imogen Allan explores how advertising drives us as individuals and our society.
It is difficult, as a person who has grown up surrounded by advertisements in magazines, on television and on the internet, to discern where I begin and where advertising ends. I have began to ask the question lately: how many of my aspirations, feelings and ideas have sprung up truly from my own mind, and how many have been planted there by the images and words I have consumed throughout my life?
Advertising plays a crucial role in todays society, more than it ever has before. There is not just an importance placed on objects as products, but as yourself as a product. From applying to University when I wrote a personal statement that would ‘sell’ me as a person worthy of a place, to writing my CV, to creating a blog or changing my cover photo on Facebook - all of these things are a type of advertising used to advertise myself and they affect how others will see me.
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