Some people believe that advertising is socially pernicious-it changes consumers' preferences, thereby manipulating p...

Saira on October 17, 2014

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Melody on October 28, 2014

The argument first gives an example about advertising: some believe advertising is socially pernicious, i.e. bad, because it changes preferences by manipulating people to want things they would not otherwise have wanted. The argument then compares this to a similar phenomenon in music: we are told that classes in music and art appreciation change people's preferences for various forms and music. But, the argument states that "nothing is wrong with these classes."

Therefore, since the argument is comparing the similarities between ads and music classes, nothing should be wrong with ads, as well, i.e. answer choice (C): "the fact that advertising changes consumers' preferences does not establish that it is bad."

Hope that clears things up!