Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism / Edition 2

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Global Spin shows how, in a relentless assault on democracy and its institutions, the massive, covert power of large corporations has enabled corporate agendas to dominate the international debate about the state of the environment and the most effective means of solving environmental problems. This updated edition includes new chapters about the business campaign to prevent action on global warming, and whether Greenpeace's ideals are being compromised by 'greenwash'.
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Examines the way that corporations have used their financial resources and power to counter the gains made by environmentalists, to reshape public opinion, and to persuade politicians against increased environmental regulation. Fourteen chapters describe the methods used, including employing specialized PR firms, artificially created grassroots support for corporate causes, deterring public involvement, industry-funded research, and getting corporate-based "educational" materials into schools. The author concludes that these manipulative spin techniques are actually threatening democracy, and that environmentalists must engage in the task of exposing corporate myths and methods of manipulation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931498081
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Foreword 9
1 Introduction 15
2 Fronting for Industry 27
3 The Wise Use Movement 47
4 Lawsuits Against Public Participation 63
5 Conservative Think-Tanks 75
6 Think-Tanks and the Environment 91
7 The Public Relations Industry 107
8 Public Relations Strategies 125
9 Scientific Controversy: Dioxin 141
10 Advertisers: Getting them Young 161
11 Advertisers: Influence and Strategies 175
12 The Media: Corporate Influences 195
13 Reporting on the Environment 213
14 Global Warming: Corporate-Sponsored confusion 233
15 'Greenwashing' an Olympic-Sized Toxic Dump 247
16 From Green Warriors to 'Greenwashers' 261
17 Conclusion: Declining Democracy 275
References 286
Bibliography 301
Index 324
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