Ethics in Advertising

"If harmful or utterly useless goods are touted to the public, if false assertions are made about goods for sale, if less than admirable human tendencies are exploited, those responsible for such advertising harm society and forfeit their good name and credibility."

- From "Communio et Progressio," a 1960s pastoral letter written by the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications.

"But whatever product, service or candidate you advertise and no matter how you do it, I would hope you would keep in mind our ultimate purpose in life and make of all of your advertising messages that are true, worthy of the dignity of the human person and helpful to the common good." 

- From Archbishop John Foley at the 50th Anniversary of the World Federation of Advertisers.

3 comments:

Alison April 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM  

I thought you might be interested in this online event sponsored by the AIGA, a professional design community. I'm not sure if they will be specifically addressing the issue of ethics in advertising, but they are asking good questions about community and the future of design.

http://onedayfordesign.org/

Check it out if you want to join the conversation.

Sam Van Eman April 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

Thanks, Alison! That night I'll be talking with some advertisers. I hope the time doesn't conflict.

Sam Van Eman April 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM  

Alison, did you join the convo? If so, how was it?

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