The Forbidden Fruit: How Do Companies Sell Hazardous Products?

Our top 5 links you need to read!

In Extras on March 1, 2011 at 10:31

Check out these great sources our team deemed worth  your attention!

If you want a bit more background knowledge and find out more about what we are doing and what we are concerned with, we want to show you some ads, books, articles and other media on our topic. Check them out to learn more about hazardous products, advertising in general as well as some industry insights.

Our world is cluttered with advertising, and according to Louise Story, this will not change anytime soon. Instead, she argues, advertising will creep into all the blank spaces left. Read her New York Times article here.

The advertising industry is big and dynamic. A wonderful resource to keep up to date on the latest trends and developments is Adweek. This is a great magazine, but their online home also provides a lot of good material.

Hazardous products are everywhere, and often we are not even aware of this fact. Jamie Oliver has launched a campaign that focuses on how the U.S. school system feeds hazardous beverages and meals to kids. In his brilliant TED talk, he quickly mentions the role of advertising as well.

After looking at commercials for hazardous products all day, we enjoy a break as well. Good 50×70 is a wonderful collection of advertisements that limit themselves to good causes, such as charities or social change. The book is great, but their website is also worthwhile.

This is an older article, but its inside perspective allows us to understand why there are so many hazardous products being advertised: there is a lot of money to be made. The team around Diana Hackbarth analyzed how tobacco and alcohol was advertised to the poor in Chicago. If you have a subscription, their piece is worth the read.

  1. These are some great links. I especially like the TED-video. It was very inspiring!

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