Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

30 Hard-Hitting Ads That Force You Think About Uncomfortable Issues.

Author Chuck Palahniuk awakened our inner cynics with "Fight Club," where he lamented, “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.” It's true. Advertising paves the way for debt, and in some cases, emptiness, but not all advertising is evil.

When social advertisers speak to the masses, it isn't to entice us to dress in J.Crew from head to toe. They want us to think about social issues in a serious way. They're saying, "Yes, you should feel bad about what you're doing to the environment," "Yes, smoking cigarettes will harm nearly every single organ in your body, and "Yes, these issues are your issues, too."

In a sense, they're reminding us that we don't have to be Jack's broken heart or his wasted life. We can be game changers, too—purveyors of a safer and more sustainable environment, or a healthier you—if we choose to be.

Here are some powerful social advertisements that will inspire you to make better choices.

The environment is doing worse than we think. Time to start acting like it.

Some people are hiding a dark secret. If you're one of them, there are others who can help.

Here's some perspective for the next time you feel like complaining about school. Education is a privilege to so many other across the world.

We may poke fun at selfies but the ability to take a normal one is a luxury.

When you give blood, it might feel like a transaction but you're helping give life.

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