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2010

Identity

University at Buffalo School of Law

First Amendment

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Advertising And Social Identity, Mark Bartholomew Jul 2010

Advertising And Social Identity, Mark Bartholomew

Buffalo Law Review

This essay takes a stand in the brewing legal academic debate over the consequences of advertising. On one side are the semiotic democratists, scholars who bemoan the ability of advertisers to take control of the meanings that they create through trademark law and other pro-business legal rules. On the other side are those who are more sanguine about the ability of consumers to rework advertising messages and point to several safety valves for free expression existing in the current advertising regulation regime. My take on this debate is that the participants have failed to address the impact of advertising on …