The post about social concern posters caused me think about the way that children are portrayed in all of those ad campaigns designed to get people to sponsor children or donate money towards feeding them. In the future I would like to work for a missions organization or an organization like Compassion International. Looking into several of these types of organization's approaches to advertising raises some interesting questions. The goal of their ad campaigns is to provoke people to feel an emotional response and in turn, donate money, so it is in their best interest to make people as sad as possible. They often exploit children in a sense to get the best response. They show naked children with distended bellies and flies in their eyes in order to get you to do something. This may be more effective than showing a smiling child, but at what cost? Compassion's blog on poverty asks the question, "So where's the line? How should we express the urgent needs of the children in our programs while maintaining their dignity?". The same question can be applied to many other controversial themes such as human trafficking or animal abuse. What do you think?