In a list of 15 contrasting billboards on Buzzfeed, I found these three:


I usually think of public service announcements as a form of education.  Presumably there’s a harmful ignorance out there somewhere that can be corrected.  But these contrasts bring into stark relief the fact that public service announcements aren’t only fighting ignorance, they’re fighting corporations.  The battle isn’t just between misinformation and information, it’s between for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.