Advertising

Advertising Essay

Choose an advertisement that contains at least three or four rhetorical devices or fallacies (but more would be better!), from a newspaper or a magazine (in which case you should scan the ad, save it as a PDF, and submit it with your assignment) or an online source (in which case you should include the EXACT URL with your assignment, pasted as a link with the assignment). You CANNOT use video ads for this assignment if you plan to complete the extra credit opportunity associated with this assignment (explained below). So, if you plan to do the extra credit, you must choose an ad that is an image, not a video.

  • The advertisement must be from 1990 or later (no ads produced before 1990).
  • The advertisement must be in ENGLISH. Otherwise, your analysis cannot be graded.

Analyze the ad for uses of rhetorical devices or fallacies. Explain which devices you see in the ad, making sure to be specific in your analysis. You must clearly identify the specific parts of the advertisement that you find rhetorical or fallacious.

In addition to identifying any rhetorical devices and fallacies, analyze the ad in terms of the following:

Who is targeted in the ad (who is the target audience?)?

What psychological effect does the ad have on the audience?

What subconscious needs or desires among the audience does the ad seem to be playing upon?

The written analysis must be at least 1000 words (to earn minimum credit for this assignment).

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