I did not expect that post to stir up so much interest! Apparently I hit a nerve with many people. Hopefully enough people will become outraged over false advertising that they will complain (e-mail is great for that!) and business and advertising professionals will become more honest in promoting their products.
I have a colleague (who I also count as a friend) who teaches marketing/advertising (both, I think). I know him to be a man of integrity who teaches his students to be honest. What I fear is that once they get out into the business pressures on them will force them to compromise what he taught them.
My colleagues/friend has a book coming out next month entitled Shiny Objects where he critiques American consumerism and seductive advertising. I can’t wait to read it. I’ll blog about it here as soon as it is published.
I do think a Christian can work in the advertising industry, but I think he or she will face enormous pressures to compromise truth. I just hope and pray they will be able to withstand those pressures and put out quality advertising that isn’t manipulative or dishonest.