Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cognitive Filters?

Mary-jane Garasi
October 3, 2011

Advertisements stick to you like glue. There are thousands of advertisements that we see every day. Once you see an ad, especially if it is a good one, you will remember it. Advertisements are simple, easy to remember, and pays a vital role in complete communication to the world. Without them, we wouldn't know about certain new products companies have out, the best places to eat, or even the best schools to send our kids to. Advertisements are trial and error, the ones that actually target the consumer are the ones that have an impact on the consumer's interest. [THESIS] Impacts are simply based on their consumer. Children lack cognitive filters and adults respond to commercials by automatically putting on cognitive filters.[THESIS]

Although there may be millions of ads every day, who really pays much attention to them? During the commercial breaks, the average American is running to kitchen for a soda or zapping around the other channels to see what else is on. There is distraction of hitting up your phone or computer just to see that status on everyone's facebook. In other words, we as consumers are watching tv. We are just not 100% focused on the additions that come up while watching our favorite show. This is where many marketers invest their millions of dollars in. Commercials.

The average American child views up to 40,000 commercials a year. A growing body of research suggests links between children’s advertising and obesity, parent-child conflicts, violence and aggression, later tobacco and alcohol use, and a brittle self-esteem based on possessions. Mala Arkin also emphasized, "According to TV Free America the average child watches 20,000 30-second TV commercials a year. That number is staggering and has a direct affect on our childrenÊ»s notion of what is necessary for life. Consumerism for the sake of consuming is promoted with no regard to impact this is having on our society. Many children in this country are blessed to have good lives with heir basic necessities meet like food, shelter, clothes, and yet they are not happy because advertisers have told them they need more." A child's inability to grasp the definition of need fills their desire to want more.

Children are too young to grasp the reality of what advertising and commercials are there for. They cannot grasp the notion to believe that the purpose of tv commercials have a purpose other than entertainment, and they completely believe what they see and hear. With all the credit card frauds happening in the world, most of them are done by children simply calling the 1-800 number just to be able to have free money, not knowing what the product actually is. As Carmen Lee said, "For example, young children who like to mimic what adults do, do not know who or what to believe in, if they see sometime on an ad, they would most likely think it is a right thing to follow." Completely true, when you were 8 years old, do you remember watching the commercials that advertised some of the best clothing brands? The cute little bell bottoms that said "juicy" in the back or the high rise shoes that gave you lift that you really had to buy it cause everyone in school was talking about it?

Adults on the other hand, respond to commercial advertising by automatically putting on cognitive filters. They are old enough to understand that these advertisements serve a purpose to inform, persuade, and inform the consumer with biased information. These advertising agencies pay millions of dollars and conduct thousands of research to deliver their interpretive strategies in as little as 30 seconds. Older adults produce more relevant thoughts about the advertisements than younger adults. When you are older, you tend to remember more and are able to distinguish the products on tv that is being marketed. Adults are capable of turning their "off" button on their brain to certain selling ads that are persuasive and biast.

When adults are watching tv, they aren't 100% focused on it. If they were they would be glued to their TV, attentively absorbing every word. Analyzing and deconstructing every image. Adults have a sense of control where they are able to distinguish marketing or just an informative ad.

Negative or positive impacts are primarily based on the consumer. It is highly distinguishable that negative impacts are tend to be followed by children who have no sense of cognitive filtering. Their sense of filtering happens over time when they are able to understand the notion of these biased advertisements. Adults have this wonderful ability to be able to filter these notions in greater understanding that they do not have to be suckered in into these advertising agencies that continue to prove that their item is, "the next best thing."

Works Cited

Lee, Carmen. “Con Forum.” Online posting. 23 Sept. 2011. Laulima Discussion. [https://laulima.hawaii.edu].

Arkin, Mala. "Yes, Ads Have a Negative Impact!" Online posting. 20 Sept. 2011. Laulima Discussion. [https://laulima.hawaii.edu].


  1. Mary-Jane Garasi,

    You take an interesting stance on this topic. Its seem that you are saying that ads have a negative impact on children but not on adults. I think you can argue this effectively without straddling the issue.

    You do not meet the minimum word requirement for this assignment.

    Try to find some articles that support your claim that adults can turn on filters and therefor are not affected. Then counter the studies that show most people including adults are affected by ads.

    If you quote 4 lines or more its needs to be properly indented, but on our blog is says not to use quotes that long and to paraphrase if needed. There are a few capitalization and spelling errors but nothing major.

    You are on your way. Keep up the good work

    Mala Arkin

  2. MJ, Your paper is well written. You have good statistics and I appreciate that the cognitive, scientific approach of your paper. I believe that there should be some more works cited (perhaps the amount the top three companies in America spend on advertising) and a link to some research of the effects of advertising on children.

    I think with this new research you will be able to hit the 1,000 word count.

    Good paper, but is incomplete. You're almost there! -sugki jessica suguitan

  3. Mary Jane,
    I enjoyed your paper. It was readable and well written. Your information was good and went well with your thesis. Although you were about 200 words short. A few spelling errors, but overall good paper


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