By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about the following PSA warning of the dangers of texting while driving produced by the Gwent Police Department in the UK.
The nearly unbearable gritty realism of a head-on collision features heads snapping back and forth on impact, gushing blood, a child crying for its dead parents and a dead infant has created controversy, and as expected—conversation.
- The argument against: It’s simply too explicit.
- The argument for: Desensitized youth will actually pay attention.
There’s merit to both points, but seeing this video made me wonder, “If this wasn’t a PSA—if this was an ad for child seats, OnStar or another product—what would the conversation look like?”
Are we more accepting of questionable content in PSA’s because it’s for the common good and not for profit?
Should we be?
What do you think?
Comment below to weigh in.
Thanks to Deston Nokes and Martin Pierce for sharing this video with me last week.