What's in an Advertisement?

by Sarah Withrow King

faces in adsSo, I was feeling a little brain-drained at work last week and started flipping through a popular Christian magazine that had come in the mail recently.

At first, it was a bit of a mindless exercise, but after a few minutes, I started to rip out the advertisements that featured a human face, because I thought I noticed some patterns. Then I got cranky. Then I made a collage.

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I want to be clear that my complaint here is with the advertisers, not the magazine itself. And now I also wonder how advertisers in PRISM measure up…that'll be a post-lunch research project.

What do you think? Anything here worth noting? Share in the comments.


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3 Responses

  1. Rev. Robin Swieringa says:

    No women in leadership activities shown!

  2. Tom Delk says:

    white domination. except for one picture, all people of color are being taken care of by white people. wow.

  3. Doc Roc says:

    Everything is about learning. Crusades, seminars, schooling, reading, ad nauseum. Knowledge has replaced the power of the Holy Spirit, know-how is the new holiness, and understanding has been substituted for social action. If we don't know what these ads want us to know then we are lesser Christians. It is the old gnosticism in new clothes.

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