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Monday, February 8, 2010

Boycott Papers that Run Pro-Adultery Ads

Compliments of one of the free dailies, “Metro,” here in New York City we are being subjected to full back page ads for a pro-adultery website (which I will not mention in order not to further publicize their business; nor will I link to the ad in order not to further publicize the paper).  Here’s a link on the Toronto Transit system’s rejection of a bid for the website’s ads (bravo!).  I have decided to boycott “Metro” – and encourage all of my friends to do the same – for their lack of good judgment in running the ad.  In our current information superhighway world, any thoughts about how to spread the word about a boycott without too much collateral effect of providing additional publicity for the slimy product? 


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Do you consider these adds to be worse, about the same, or better than the adds for prostitutes that fill up the back of most free weekly papers? I don't really have a clear view on the issue (they might be worse in that maybe people who would never hire a prostitute would be tempted by these other adds, but I don't really know.)

Posted by: Matt | Feb 8, 2010 11:37:43 AM

Matt, the pedagogical impact of the ads for prostitutes is limited by the fact that we, as a society, still condemn that activity by making it illegal. The ads have to operate around the margins of mainstream society (for the most part). Since the adultery ads are for a perfectly legal venture (in most states pre-Lawrence, and probably all states post-Lawrence), it's all about what messages our culture is willing to "mainstream." It's tough to imagine a billboard with the message, "Life is short. Hire a hooker." But the messages, "Life is short. Have an affair." are cropping up, as are "Life is short. Get a divorce." ads from lawyers.

Posted by: rob vischer | Feb 8, 2010 12:29:31 PM

Yes- that seems plausible, Rob.

Posted by: Matt | Feb 8, 2010 1:33:58 PM