"Nasty is the New Nice" (January 2009 Encore)

Age of Persuasion

Is it just us, or has the tone of advertising gotten colder, nastier, more rude? This week Terry O’Reilly shows how the tone of advertising is taking on a new meanness. The humour of some campaigns is taking on a decidedly sharp edge. Broadcast ads are becoming more heavily laden with violence and bodily functions. Ad copy is developing a case of potty-mouth. We’ll trace some of the sources of this trend, and explain why the earnest, innocent ad copy of the 50’s just won’t cut it today

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