My buddy from home posted this picture of an advertisement he saw in his school’s newspaper today, The Brown Daily Herald, which he found quite troubling and offensive. Along with the photo he added these remarks:
“What are the bioethical implications of such an ad? Are qualities such as beauty and intelligence now commodified goods?“
In the Facebook comments on the post, some people make arguments defending the content of the ad, ranging from feelings of moral cynicism to defense of a personal right of choice, certainly valid consideration. However, do also consider, though very probably inadvertent, but existent, parallels to Nazism when viewing the ad.
Personally, upon consideration of the arguments presented in the comments, I feel as though it is important to allow oneself to be alarmed by such an ad, and to question and consider it’s implications. Moreover, I also think it is important to view and take into account the type of society we are (whether good or bad) that such an ad was produced. Additionally, I believe the content of this ad is comparable to the plot of Oryx and Crake and the Crakers, in addition to the alarming display of the realities of our world today.
Certainly, such an ad is questionable and debatable in it’s ties to eugenics and Utopian human vision. What are your thoughts? How does this ad make you feel?