Q: What do atomic explosions, wild bears and homicidal rapists have in common?
A: Their images have all been used in campaign advertisements, and 18 UVA students will be studying them in a new course this semester: Political Advertising and American Democracy.
After all, who could go through life without seeing “Daisy,” the 1964 TV ad that implied electing anyone other than LBJ would lead to nuclear war? And who could forget the Bush team ad in ’88 that lumped Democrat Michael Dukakis together with the murderer Willie Horton?
TV spots are undoubtedly the 900-pound gorilla of political advertising, but the course doesn’t stop there. According to political science Professor Paul Freedman, students will also examine the many campaign ads which are now being released exclusively on the Internet. C-VILLE to politicos: We applaud your attempt to rise to the same footing as Nigerian bank scams and pitches for Viagra.
Pillaging the earth and exploiting poor workers is all well and good, but sometimes the CEO of a major corporation needs a new challenge. When making money just isn’t enough, UVA’s Darden School offers executives a summertime lesson in the “triple bottom line.” Darden’s summer course “Sustainability and Beyond: The Emerging Triple Bottom Line of the New Economy” advances the notion that looking beyond huge profits can, well… reap huge profits.
Executives can shell out $3,700 to attend a four-day course in late June that will teach them “innovative and effective frameworks and methodologies used to transform perceived obstacles into significant opportunities for profits, growth, prosperity and mission success on multiple dimensions.” Confused? Exactly. Someday, we can only hope, “corporate responsibility” will be more than just another sales pitch.—John Borgmeyer
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