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Government Resource Proposal

Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida) and Lois Capps (California) have co-sponsored a bill that has come to be known as the Truth in Advertising Bill of 2014 (issued on April, 27, 2014). Formally known as H.R 4341, this bill addresses the fallacies and abuse of the human body in the media. Advertising and the media have for a long time now altered and abused images of humans for commercial use. This has led to many problems, and primarily to a false perception of human perfection. This bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to submit to Congress a report and make decisions on appropriate use of altered images in commerce and advertising.
This bill finds that these altered images can, “Create distorted and unrealistic expectations and understandings of appropriate and healthy weight and body image,” leading to “eating disorders among men and women of varying age groups” with a “particularly destructive health effect on children and teenagers” (Sec. 2. Art. 3 and 4).  Overall, this is a public health issue that clearly has implications for our nations well-being and needs to be addressed.
Overall, this Bill would require the FTC in addition to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the Administrator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to regulate and reduce the use of photoshopped images in advertising and the media. These methods of control would be largely informed by important stakeholders from the health, business, and consumer sectors.
Congresswomen Capps has voiced her opinion, “Just as with cigarette ads in the past, fashion ads portray a twisted, ideal image for young women,” Capps said. “And they’re vulnerable. As sales go up, body image and confidence drops” (Jezebel, 2014). While many researchers and eating disorder awareness groups have lobbied for this bill, it has also faced some criticism. Dan Jaffe, of the Association of National Advertisers, thinks that the methods of regulation proposed in the bill need to be more specific, “It can’t just be the photoshopping that they go after, it would have to be tied to something specific. Are you just going to say that whenever someone photoshops it’s a per se violation? I think that would be going too far” (2014). Other opponents argue that the bill raises free speech issues and sheds too much negative light on advertising. More opponents go on to say that previous laws already address deceptive and untruthful ads.
Overall, this Bill directly addresses my area of interest in my White Paper. While addressing a governmental audience, this bill raises valid and debatable arguments for and against the further regulation of photoshop in the media. In my paper, I will argue in favor of governmental action and bills like the H.R. 4341. This will help develop my further goal of addressing the larger public health issues and unrealistic depictions of the human body in the media.
I obtained this information from the Bill itself, in  addition to the reliable sources of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s website. Overall, no one really argues against regulation, what is up for debate is just how these regulations will be orchestrated.

 

Truth in Advertising Bill 2014, H.R. 4341, 113th Cong. (2014). Print.

Jezebel, Hillary C. “Congresswomen Introduce Bill to Regulate Overzealous Photoshopping.” Welcome to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Washington, DC Office, 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.

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How Many Sides are Too Many Sides to a Story?

This is Terry Greenwood.  He is one of many in Pennsylvania affected by negligent fracking practices.  Terry makes a living by raising and selling cattle.  In recent years, his business has declined because his animals are getting sick.  The company working on Terry’s property did not regulate water management practices to help keep his animal’s drinking water safe.  Terry pays around $800 a year for water now.  He has lost acreage on his farm due to spillage, roads, and trash from the company.

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Epic Showdown: Tim Cook vs Mike Daisey (with a guest star as well)

This post is inspired by a stint of research into what Apple executives’ reaction was to the “Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”. Even though on a corporate communications level, Apple has responded to the conditions portrayed by Mike Daisey, Apple’s executives shied away from making public statements about Mike Daisey’s allegations…until today… Continue reading Epic Showdown: Tim Cook vs Mike Daisey (with a guest star as well)

Jason DeRulo Talks Dirty to Me

I actually got to meet Jason DeRulo after the concert last week– we talked ethics for a hot sec.

Do you think your goal as an artist is to be the most profitable tour or to express yourself and bring the most joy to your fans? Continue reading Jason DeRulo Talks Dirty to Me

Dinner with the King of Soul

If I could have dinner with one person living or dead, my answer for years has been the late, great Sam Cooke.  Nicknamed the King of Soul, Sam was an American singer-songwriter and recording artist who is generally considered to be one of the greatest of all time.  He is known for being a pioneer in the field of soul, credited with giving rise to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye to name a few.  In addition to this, he is also my all-time favorite musician across all genres.  While I would love to talk to Sam about his music, there is another side of him which I would use this dinner to learn about.  Sam Cooke was one of the first musicians to take an active role in the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading Dinner with the King of Soul

John Mayer

Wow, a very open ended blog post! I love it. I like how this blog is evolving in terms of content and style.

I would have dinner with John Mayer. If you know me at all, this is extremely believable. Despite the flak I may receive from my peers, I stand by my statement. But why John Mayer? Continue reading John Mayer

Remember KONY 2012?? Me Neither

I watched the compelling 30 minute documentary and was blown away by the effective and powerful message the filmmakers managed to convey for the non-profit Invisible Children.  I deliberated for a few moments, and then thought this is important.  I clicked the share button on Facebook and joined the barrage of Facebook users who also felt compelled to hop on the bandwagon and share the video.   Continue reading Remember KONY 2012?? Me Neither

So Why Did We Care?

In our third time around with the Mike Daisey and Apple story, I am left with three main thoughts, being both novel and recurring.

The first, and most prominent to me, was the question that I have not been fully able to answer across all three blogs: If this wasn’t all about Apple, would we really have cared? Did Mike Daisey’s story of Foxconn, beit true or false, only catch our attention because it was about a Man and a Company so revered by us that we couldn’t dare imagine Apple as being anything but the most ethical, the most innovative, and most popular company.  But what if Mike Daisey had chosen to highlight Foxconn’s conditions under the context of Samsung, or Nokia?  Would TAL have given it airtime?  Would he have been asked to come to speak at tech/no?  The answer I tend to believe is no, Continue reading So Why Did We Care?

Creative Reporting Tactics

“Mr. Daisey and Apple” was one of the most interesting podcasts I have ever listened to (aside from being the only podcast I’ve ever listened to…). Continue reading Creative Reporting Tactics