4 thoughts on “The Advertising Standards Agency should not engage in social engineering”

  1. Posted 25/07/2017 at 20:23 | Permalink

    Good points. Advertising is something that is done well in the Union Kingdom of Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and there is a lot of stereotype challenging humour already in said advertising which is designed to sell you stuff and services. The ASA should not be trying to change something that works well.

  2. Posted 30/07/2017 at 09:04 | Permalink

    It also says something about the well-off people who control these things when they think that something such as cleaning or cooking is a demeaning activity. It is actually a very important activity, not least if one is concerned about (for example) environmental sustainability. It also enhances other people’s lives. However, I do not agree with the implication that parliamentary scrutiny would make this action more justifiable – as long as advertisers can opt out, of course.

  3. Posted 01/08/2017 at 07:56 | Permalink

    The word “Authority” in the ASA’s name suggests legal powers, and this article speaks of powers. But aside from broadcasting, do they actually have any power? If a newspaper or the owner of a billboard said they were going to ignore the ASA, could the ASA go to court over the matter? So far as I can see, they could not. It therefore strikes me that use of the word “Authority” in the name may be misleading and therefore inappropriate by the ASA’s own rules.

  4. Posted 07/08/2017 at 17:07 | Permalink

    Common Purpose at work. ‘Manage beyond authority’.

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