April 20th, 2012
Ban outdoor advertising
By Neal Lawson
We see on average 3,500 brand images a day, fleetingly or full on, from TVs, magazines, newspapers and, increasingly, on our computers, tablets and smartphones. But we see them, too, on billboards and buses, in taxis, on the tube, on trains and in stations, and even in hospitals and schools. Is there a difference and should we do anything about it?
The difference is choice. We can decide what stations to watch, websites to look at or magazines to buy. But we can’t choose not to be in public spaces, to walk down streets, get on buses or the tube or reasonably expect our children not to do the same. So where is the harm in outdoor adverting and should we be allowed to choose?