In your face and up your nose, mass advertising pushes more than just a product, it pushes an entire consumerist, globalized worldview – and makes it ‘fun’. This is different from the small-scale, non-glam stuff the NI itself accepts and indulges in. Backed by the financial muscle of the world’s corporate giants, advertising is about creating hungers in cultures of cool which big business can feed. With most of the media dependent on it and the finest creative brains working for it, the ad biz is hammering out that expressway to your skull. We peer into its bag of tricks.
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An alien consumer culture is blitzing Indian women. Mari Marcel Thekaekara takes its measure.
Sarah Irving opens the casebook on ad promise and corporate reality.
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If people in the rich world associate Benin with anything at all, it is likely to be child trafficking, slavery or voodoo – not exactly the ideal calling cards for a nation. Latterly, however, Benin is developing an entirely new reputation.
Lindsey Collen on the fight for freedom of artistic expression.
We asked the CEO of a major London ad agency to give us pointers on how to decode adverts.
Semantics King Jr – keeping the flame of independent media alive in a camp for Liberian refugees.
Making an unpopular candidate win an election – in Bolivia or anywhere else – is an art, as Bob Burton discovers.
The end hoves into sight for Equatorial Guinea’s blood-soaked dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – despite having an uncle who is a god.
Chinese perceptions of the hard sell take Jacob Lotinga by surprise.
Lebanese teens in the line of fire bear witness to their ripped lives and speak out about what needs to change. Testimony compiled by Rebecca Bridges and Fayyaz Muneer.
The real aim of the bombs falling on Lebanon is regime change, argues Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel’s parliament.
What is advertising? Jean Kilbourne on the gigantic propaganda effort and how it affects the way we think and feel.
Dinyar Godrej sniffs at the bait being dangled by the ad biz.
The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?
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