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Do not allow paid political advertising on radio, tv, and internet.

Mass media is arguably the primary influence on the average person's decision-making. It was for this reason that tobacco product advertising was stopped. Political ads have become not much more than attempts to persuade voters to vote NO for something or someone. Most of the content is negative and derogatory, if not outright false. Useful, truthful information is getting more scarce with each election. More muck gets raked every time the campaign season rolls around. Better we should exercise personal initiative to inform ourselves about candidates and issues. Billions of advertising dollars are at stake so the mass media will probably flaunt their powers of influence to stop any such effort, I know the tobacco lobby sure did.

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123 comments by 23 participants covered the spectrum from status quo to take the vote away from women!
8 people agree with the idea of stopping paid political ads on electronic mass media. 15 people have other ideas. Most believe there is a problem with campaign ethics. Some of the suggestions are: free air time for candidates with fact checking; third party ads ok but not endorsed by candidates; do what other countries do; repeal sufferage; people need information made available to them because they will not get it themselves; a 9-step program was itemized in detail; purge voter ignorance by force-feeding education; all advertising is propaganda; people have already made up their minds so ads don't have much influence; 2 people like the idea but feel it is too difficult to execute (the tobacco ad prohibition carried little weight); one person prefers the status quo; one thinks negative ads are helpful. Thanks to all who shared their wisdom and energy. I will see if TED will allow a debate on this.

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    Nov 10 2012: Being influenced is inevitable. It is part of the realities of living in a community. I'm not a big fan of political ads because the candidates are marketed in a way similar to goods and service; but for political ads they are even worse because they present a particular candidate as the 'saint' 'great guy without any fault' 'patriot' 'caring' .....and all the rosy pictures that are meant to express the fact that our guy is great while the other guy is bad! (Opposition parties actually make ads that are meant to paint the other guy as BAD)
    I think politicians should be on TV, Radio and the Internet; not advertised as products but in debates, interviews and issue-based campaigns.
    All the white-washing, glamorizing and the PR stuff are too fake. And once a house is built on lies, it is most likely to be sustained by it.
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      Nov 10 2012: Politicians absolutely should be on mass electronic media. If fact, they should be obligated to do so as part of the process. What I think should stop is the paid political ads where only one side is presented and that usually in a biased, dishonest way. That should stop! Thanks!

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