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Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture: Advertising's Impact on American Character and Society Paperback – Mar 1 2007


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Good start in advertising April 22 2014
By Mia Karlstad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In my advertising class i chose to read this book as a part of a project. For me this was a really good choice because I am new in the world of advertising. The book is a very simple read, and is recommended to everyone who are curious, or need a basic book concerning advertising.
The author talks about different parts of advertising such as advertising and sex, political advertising, and also he defines important instruments such as the communication model. In the end he analyses two different ads, one is print and one is TV. The only negative comments I have is that the picture for the print ad is very small, and hard to see. Also, I was not familiar with the TV commercial he presented (Apple's Macintosh from 1984)
My recommendation is if you are not familiar with advertising, this is a very useful book. The author presents good view points, and good examples throughout the book.
A comprehensive & captivating study on advertising Sept. 10 2013
By J. Ilog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Discusses the different psychologists such as Maslow, Jung, and Freud and how the advertisers use their theories to persuade the masses through print and TV media.

Pages 130-136 mentions the Values and Lifestyles Typologies to focus on people's lifestyles. Maybe these typologies will help you understand yourself as a consumer as it did for me.

Here is a quote from the section The Marketing View: "...exposure to an advertisement or commercial for a particular brand of blue jeans or beer many not lead to a purchasing decision by a given individual, but when we take a broader look at American society, we discover that large numbers of people do purchase that brand of blue jeans or beer."

Even mentions that children influence around $700B/year of adult spending.

This book is still current, as it references Google and Craigslist and there is an appendix at the end of the book geared toward "For those who wish to pursue their investigations of advertising", as he puts it. There is a very helpful glossary that proceeds this appendix to help understand the advertising verbiage.

Very helpful and highly recommended.
Excellent purchase Feb. 22 2010
By Hiram Muniz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent product! Great advice Used at University Of Sacred Heart In Puerto Rico for study in Publicity . Great book highly recommended!
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Excellent Sept. 21 2007
By Roberto De Jesus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book. I bought it for a class that I was taking and it was verry interesting.I recommned this book to everyone thats is in the advertising business


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