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Ethos Pathos In Pepsi

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Advertisements are everywhere; while driving you may see them on a billboard, while watching tv, looking through your phone, and even while watching your favorite youtuber. Advertisements have been around so long that the techniques behind them are down to a science. Advertisements have been around for so long that they are as apart of our culture as much as television or music. Many times, advertisements will use certain strategies in order to sell their product. The most common being Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos is an appeal to someone’s ethics, their character, it is used to convince the audience of the author’s credibility. The third appeal, pathos, is an appeal to the audiences’ emotion. These strategies have been proven to work very well, so what if an advertisement implemented many of these strategies and still received backlash or wasn’t well received. Well, Pepsi found themselves in that position with their advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner. The advertisement used appeals to pathos, ethos, and even implemented many parts of North American culture, so why did it receive so much backlash? By analyzing pathos, and ethos, I will determine why it received much backlash despite having everything a commercial should.
The advertisement begins with a Pepsi can being opened with the song Lions by Skip Marley playing in the background. The camera then cuts to a man on the roof playing a violin. The camera then cuts to what a
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