(ad for the new google chrome browser)...that ilustrates the relationship between form, function, and idea:
(ad for hair loss program)
...that can act as an introduction to other big ideas/questions:
(ad for the american red cross)...that opens discussion about where the line between life and culture is (if there is one) and how/if we control our relationship with consumerism:
(ad for hp photo paper - what's real, what's not?)...and that can be used/taught in countless other ways. advertising is a rich and relevant (and often controversial) area of visual culture that is really accessible, often self-referential, and endlessly applicable in the classroom. also take a look at the slightly less profane but still worthwhile creative criminals - both blogs are excellent, frequently updated resources (that are really great about citing their sources and creative/art directors as well).