DISCUSSION: The passage ends with the author’s critique of Marcuse. The author thinks consumers are able to respond consciously and rationally to ads.
The author has not said that ads are good. Instead, they are only arguing that Marcuse’s critique isn’t a good critique.
- CORRECT. This matches the author’s opinion. The author hasn’t said that advertising is a good thing. Instead, their point is that Marcuse’s critique is not a good one.
- Nonsense. The entire fourth paragraph criticizes Marcuse. The author doesn’t think Marcuse’s claims are justified. And politics plays no part in this passage.
- The passage doesn’t talk about corporate leaders. Presumably, they have some responsibility for ordering ads, but it would be odd to end the passage by focussing on people who had never been mentioned before.
- The author never talks about benefits of advertising. This answer has no support.
- Marcuse didn’t claim that “few people” are unable or unwilling to distinguish real from false needs. Marcuse claimed that all of us are subject to false needs.
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