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What Were We Thinking? The Top 10 Most Dangerous Ads By Hunter Oatman-Stanford

What Were We Thinking? The Top 10 Most Dangerous Ads   By Hunter Oatman-Stanford | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Often the criticism of vintage ads focuses on their inherent sexism, racism, or other displays of social prejudices, which we find laughable today, despite their continued presence. But what about ads that steered consumers into dangerous territory, espousing outmoded scientific evidence or misleading half-truths to convince people that appallingly toxic products, or even deadly ones, were actually good for them?.....

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‘DDT Is Good For Me-e-e’ Ad

‘DDT Is Good For Me-e-e’ Ad | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
  'DDT (DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane) is one of the most well-known synthetic pesticides.

‘First synthesized in 1874, DDT’s insecticidal properties were not discovered until 1939, and it was used with great success in the second half of World War II to control malaria and typhus among civilians and troops. After the war, DDT was made available for use as an agricultural insecticide.

‘In 1962, Silent Spring by American biologist Rachel Carson was published. The book catalogued the environmental impacts of the indiscriminate spraying of DDT in the US and questioned the logic of releasing large amounts of chemicals into the environment without fully understanding their effects on ecology or human health. Its publication was one of the signature events in the birth of the environmental movement, and resulted in a large public outcry that eventually led to DDT being banned in the US in 1972. DDT was subsequently banned for agricultural use worldwide.’ Wikipedia

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