The "got milk?" ad that I chose from Time magazine is the latest in the popular line of ads featuring celebrities endorsing milk. The most recent "got milk?" ads have added in their text that drinking milk can help you lose weight. This particular one features Meredith Viera, the host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and also one of the five hosts of the popular morning show The View. Meredith is holding a glass of milk reminiscent of a woman's hourglass figure, and she is proudly displaying a milk mustache.
This ad plays on all three of the major rhetorical tools: ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos is apparent with the sole use of celebrities as models for the ad. It says: "I drink milk and I'm famous; if you want to be like a star you should drink milk too." The play on ethos is also apparent in the use of the popular hourglass image. The hourglass is the most popular way to characterize a desirable woman's figure. Adding to this appeal is the slim Meredith Viera dressed in a conservative, but knee-revealing skirt to further convey the message that drinking milk can make you thin, attractive, sexy, and maybe even famous!
Pathos, or pathetic appeal comes into play by the association of drinking milk with watching the waistline. This ad is obviously geared toward women, and many women are trying to, or feel the need to, lose weight. The image of the hourglass comes into play with pathos as well, for many women long to have this kind of figure. The hourglass is the most celebrated image of women in art and movies, and it seems also most desired by men. The mocking of the shape by using the hands to make an imaginary hourglass comes to mind. The ad is presented in a way that celebrates that image, and suggests that drinking milk is the way to get it.
Logos is shown by the use of the American Heart Association's endorsement at the bottom of the page. The text in the upper right hand corner also states that "recent studies suggest that...