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Blue Apple

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Persian (Iran)
The following context is about an artwork that presents large-scale posters in the form of billboards. Does the bold sentence mean "the posters were successful in making people pay attention 1. [to the issues that they raised] and 2. [to the prompted debate about themselves]"?

This raises questions about how far Levine’s claims that his billboards functioned as advertisements were realised. In provoking media attention and a violent response, the posters were successful in making people pay attention to the issues that they raised and prompted debate about the posters, so from this point of view they can be seen to have achieved at least some of the desired effects. Yet, it could also be argued that what was generated was not an engagement with the works themselves but publicity about the ‘campaign’, which added value to the works as art commodities (Art and Advertising by Joan Gibbons).
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