Masking as a Persuasive Strategy in Advertising for Young

Bermejo-Berros, Jesús Masking as a Persuasive Strategy in Advertising for Young. Comunicar, 2013, vol. 21, n. 41, pp. 157-165. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Young people today live in a media culture where the content they access and circulate through by means of different audiovisual technological devices is part of their informal education. In this context, the traditional advertising inserted into these media is giving way to new strategies through which advertising is masked within other content consumed by young people. They believe they are sufficiently well-informed to consider advertising’s influence on them to be relative, and claim to be equipped with effective strategies that immunize them against it. However, as argued in this article, current advertising is implementing new persuasive forms that go unnoticed. We present an empirical investigation involving 154 students. Through an interactive computing device, the students processed a total of 223 stimuli corresponding to a graphic communication medium. The dependent variables include the degree of success in identifying the presence of advertising in the stimuli and reaction time. The results show how new masking strategies in advertising hinder young people’s awareness that they are eceiving advertising messages. This facilitates a failure to create counter-arguments. The results of this work open up the discussion of whether it is relevant to make known to young people, as part of their education and training, these current effective advertising strategies deriving from informal education systems.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Masking, attention, informal education, advertising, persuasion, youth, cognitive hyperstimulation
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading.
Depositing user: Alex Ruiz
Date deposited: 09 Aug 2013 11:44
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:27


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