This week, you watched lots of historical US political advertisements. Many of the political ads — all the good ones? — argue not with reason, but rather with images and emotions. It can be interesting to consider how the ads blend aspects of product advertising (format, production values, creative teams, etc.) with, at times, techniques of war propaganda, and even disinformation. The estimate is that $6.7 billion will be spent on advertising during the 2020 US election cycle. The media companies clearly have benefited from this spending, but who else? Does political advertising confirm what seems to be the majority opinion in class that the free flow of information is good for the population and advances effective democratic rule? You can address this or develop an ongoing discussions with thoughts about political advertising.