ERIC Number: EJ829167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Political Advertising: A Roadblock in Teaching Social Studies Students the Importance of Truthful Political Communication to a Democratic Society
Martinson, David L.
Social Studies, v100 n2 p75-78 Mar-Apr 2009
The author contends that too much political advertising is a form of public relations "spin" in which the truth is sacrificed and the political process damaged as a result. The goal of much of this advertising too frequently focuses on transmitting "disinformation" that, while perhaps not technically a lie, is intended not to inform the public but rather to gain a political or ideological advantage. The author provides a discussion of such disinformation that the social studies teacher can use in the classroom.
Descriptors: Advertising, Politics, Social Studies, Ethics, Deception, Persuasive Discourse, Evaluative Thinking, Democracy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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