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    Question Bias in PSA's

    Ive come to realize that there is much bias
    in many Public service ads/announcements.

    Often this promotes negative attitudes against
    perhaps things like alchohol, premarital sex, drugs, school, etc.

    But it really doesnt give the public their own chance
    to form their own opinion on these matters without influence.

    We always see these advertisements telling us about all
    the cons of these issues, many possibly or likely exagerrated,
    false, statistically innacurate and the like.

    But who is out there to promote the pro's?
    Mostly those who represent the pro's take part in that lifestyle
    and which their opinions are given less credibility than that of a PSA, and are frowned upon.

    PSA's often convince people these lifestyles are no good,
    but how can these people be so sure without any prior knowledge or experiance?

    But how is it that those who provide the cons earn more credibility when they have no first hand experiance as compared to those with first hand experiance?

    So this is my question to you AO.


    Are PSA's completely credible and unbiased,
    or is it likely they maybe stretching the "TRUTH"
    a bit?

    How can you be "Above the Influence" when you were influenced to be above the influence?

    Its a paradox is it not?

    Perhaps manipulation of the more underdeveloped minds?
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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    Ummm... Lets talk about the pro's of those subjects you've chosen:

    First, lets touch on Drugs. What are the pro's of those: Shortened life span, reduced health, addicition, expensive, and lets not forget everyones favorites, overdosing and sudden death.

    Next, Alchohol: Liver Cancer, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Adiction, Reduced inhibtions leading to poor decision making (possibly leading to the usage of Drugs, premarital sex, and killing others with your car ect)

    Premarital sex, now here's a gray area: If you're smart, you should be ok (If you can't protect your rocket, keep it in your pocket, if you know what I mean), but there are risks to that as well, like unexpected pregnacy, STD and other lovely things

    Oh wait, those aren't pro's, those are cons. It just might be that there aren't any pro's to those subjects.

    Speaking from "First hand experience" as you put it, I'd much rather been informed about something before diving into it then walking in blind.

    Me thinks you just don't like those PSA's

    And I don't think they are unbiased, since they are discrediting a point of view, which makes it very biased. But lets look at what those are talking about: The ones you mentioned are not very healthy or safe lifestyles, and all of them can kill you if you're not careful (except school, but then again, are those safe anymore? but thats a discussion for another time).

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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    Every opinion always comes with bias. The public opinions revolving around Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice is a good example. Negative consequences tend to be moe eye-catching to the rest of the simple-minded populace.
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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    Premarital sex, now here's a gray area: If you're smart, you should be ok (If you can't protect your rocket, keep it in your pocket, if you know what I mean), but there are risks to that as well, like unexpected pregnancy, STD and other lovely things

    Oh wait, those aren't pro's, those are cons. It just might be that there aren't any pro's to those subjects.
    Ok, AO lets tell Ace the Pro's of pre-marital sex.


    As for the others, there isnt many positives, not enough to Fu$$ up your whole life over. The only reason those PSA's tell all those cons is to get the point across. There not going to tell you of a positive when there trying to warn you of all the dangers.

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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    All those things named, alchohol, premarital sex, drugs, school, when they talk about them, what they say on the ads can never danger you, they just prevent, so whats the down side to that??????????. Like how they say dont drink and drive on tv all the time, its a con of alcohol, but at the same time theres not a pro to it either. They're simply keeping you and others safe, or at least trying too.

    And about experince on the subject, they do these ads so history wont repeat itself, so they try to warn those of the dangers before they choose to do it.

    Manipulation or not, if it can saves lives, then i say its a good thing

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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    All of you have very very good points.

    First of all let me clarify before i begin.

    I AM NOT PROMOTING THESE LIFESTYLES.
    I AM ONLY PROMOTING BROADER THINKING.


    It is true that the PSA's aim is to prevent these sort of decions that may
    lead to a more damaging lifestyle. (and i must emphasize on "MAY")


    But the fact is they are leaving out those who choose these lifestyles.
    I mean they got the "Dont do drugs" part covered,
    but how about "For those of you who are gonna do drugs no matter what"?

    I can only say alchohol is the only exception to this.
    Becuase many alchohol ads are the ads who have a more unbiased
    message for the public.

    Which is basically "Hey we want you to have a good time, but be safe."

    "DRINK RESPONSIBLY." Very popular slogan.

    But why do we not have more PSA's like that?
    For the drug using demographic and others?

    Its just like premarital sex, many are against it, but alot
    of kids are gonna do it anyway.

    Now wouldnt you rather have them have safe sex, or very unprotected sex?


    Now this has been the case with some areas in the united states already.
    I believe thare have been some cities who provide clean needles in bathrooms
    for those who "shoot up" to prevent sharing needles and the spread of blood born
    pathogens.

    Many people have become outraged by this believing its promotes drug use,
    others believe it to be a good thing since it wil prevent the spread of disease.

    Not all drugs have so many cons.

    Cannabis for instance.
    The risk of car accidents by those driving under the influence
    of cannabis has no significant difference from those driving sober.
    You cannot overdose on Cannabis.
    Cannibis is not addictive.

    Alchohol is more of a doozie, but yet if used responsibly
    can be an enjoyable experiance.


    I think there is a lack of education for those who choose these types of lifestyles
    to help keep them safe.

    Many people who have Overdosed on drugs didnt know what they were
    overdoin it. Isnt it possible that their lifes could have been saved if they were
    educated about overdosing?

    We educate people about alchohol intoxifcation.
    Why not drug intoxification?

    The closest i can think of anyone gettin that sort of information is
    emergency services and those in the medical field.

    Now again i am not promoting these lifestyles.
    I am only promoting broader thinking.
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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    how about "For those of you who are gonna do drugs no matter what"?
    Theres nothing you can do, these Ads are mainly for the people who don't know what their doing is so bad, or those who can be brought back to reality or waken up to the dangers.

    A alcoholic or drug addict isnt going to get help unless he/she wants to.

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    Re: Bias in PSA's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    Cannabis for instance.
    The risk of car accidents by those driving under the influence
    of cannabis has no significant difference from those driving sober.
    You cannot overdose on Cannabis.
    Cannibis is not addictive.
    Speaking as a person who smokes Cannabis, You're wrong on all fronts.
    1. I almost totaled my car while driving stoned
    2. It is Addicitive. You still get "fits" like smokers do, you also get irritable when you start to withdraw from it.
    3. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol - the Active ingrediant in Pot that makes you stoned) can kill you in large doses, luckily the dose is extreamly high. But then again, absolutly anything in a large enough dose, including water, can kill you. Thats why Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    Alchohol is more of a doozie, but yet if used responsibly
    can be an enjoyable experiance.
    Even if used responsably, drink it long enough and it will eventually kill you by slowly eating away at you liver.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miroku4444 View Post
    Ok, AO lets tell Ace the Pro's of pre-marital sex.
    Har har.

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