Essay 1: Ad Analysis Revised 08012012 Final draft June 13 2012

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  • 1. Lambert 1(Robert) Curtis LambertEnglish 101Professor Bolton13 June 2012 The Hyundai Hybrid Hype The advertisers for the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have tucked the slogan and theme fortheir ad on the line following the company name, and the make and model of the automobile,they are showcasing. In very small fine print, almost subliminally, it whispers to the reader fromthe corner of the page, “New thinking for new possibilities.” The ad graphically depicts apastoral landscape of beautiful trees softly backlit by the golden glow of sunshine. In the middleof the page, an image of a man dressed in a suit and tie with a jet pack on his back flies throughthe sky on his way to work or an important meeting. An androgynous figure of what could be hisspouse waves good bye to him from the balcony of a very large, architecturally modern, 3 storyglass and steal beamed home. In the foreground of the ad is the star of the show: an icy blueHyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Sonata Hybrid sits on a drive way bed of tiny peat gravel with aborder of stone. Coupled with the statement, “New thinking for new possibilities,” and the imagethat accompanies it, there leaves little room for doubt that the ad for the Sonata Hybrid byHyundai was designed specifically to appeal to the reader’s pathos and ethos, while the use oflogos in this ad is questionable. Hyundai is relying on our pathos, or sympathies, for the well-being of the planet in thisEarth conscious, eco-friendly, age of the 21st century. The overall intent of this pictorial image isto play to our presumed understanding that we are now living in the modern age of hybridvehicles. The advertiser expects us to accept the fact that it will not be long before we will all be
  • 2. Lambert 2flying off to work with our jet packs and using our hybrid vehicles only for trips with the familyor other groups of people. But, for now, if we care anything for the environment, the very leastwe can do is buy the hybrid. The advertising world relies heavily on ethos, which plays a moderate role here, byasking us to trust Hyundai because they have our future and our best interest at heart byhybridizing one of their standard vehicles. Americans have long been targets of the wizards ofthe advertising world of Madison Avenue and their attempts to play on a company’strustworthiness. This especially holds true when dealing with our ever changing obsession withsaving our planet and our need to nurture the environment. Whether Global warming is real orimagined is irrelevant in today’s advertising market. The agencies responsible for massmarketing the global warming phenomenon have found willing participants in the Americanpublic. Hyundai is only the latest automobile manufacturer to use this approach with their newhybrid, the Sonata. The trust factor here is directed at a select few consumers since we can allprobably acknowledge that those who will buy the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are going to belimited. Hybrid cars are not the most cost efficient vehicles to purchase, and Hyundai had tospend a few million, if not tens of millions, of dollars researching and developing this product, socompared to the standard model, it isn’t cheap. The market will be fairly small for those that willspend more on a hybrid than the identical non-hybrid vehicle simply to be eco-conscious andHyundai is well aware of that. Therefore, ethos is really not a huge issue since the ad campaign isfocused on a specific consumer group that is looking to buy a hybrid, Hyundai or not. It would be difficult to make the argument that this ad depicts much, if any, logos. Thereis not much logic involved, at least not yet, with the imagery of a man strapped with a jet pack onhis back flying through the air in a suit and tie, off to a business meeting or to work. We do live
  • 3. Lambert 3in a modern age, but jet packs speak to a more futuristic, than contemporary, society. This is aprime example of advertisers utilizing forward thinking to capture our attention and it certainlydoes just that, but no real logos in the true definition of that word. The logical fallacy here can befound in the fact that although we may have the knowledge to build and utilize jet packs, we donot use them in the general public on a daily basis as an accepted type of transportation. The real thrust of this ad is being played strongly on our pathos by relying on our modernsympathies to be eco-friendly and take responsibility for our planet. In the advertising world anyproduct that people are convinced of as being “good for us” is almost a sure thing. After all, weare modern Americans, it is the 21st century, and we are called to do our ecological duty bydriving a hybrid and thus reducing our Carbon footprint. Why wouldn’t we want to? We should.Hyundai is counting on our sense of adventure, and more importantly, our sense of responsibilityand driving a Sonata Hybrid by Hyundai will do just that! Remember: “New thinking for newpossibilities.” Works CitedSonata Hybrid by Hyundai. Advertisement. GQ 12 (December 2011): n. pag. Print.