The Business of America: How Consumers Have Replaced Citizens and How We Can Reverse the Trend / Edition 1

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415944694
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Pathways Through the Twenty-First Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul Landau, an internationally-known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker, is the Director of Digital Media Programs and International Outreach at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has made 40 films, including the recent Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place. He received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award, as well as an Emmy for Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang. He has written fourteen books including his most recent, The Pre-emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom, and received an Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, a report on the murder of Orlando Letelier. He is currently working on a detective novel.

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Table of Contents

1 The Bush vision : a bipolar political disorder 9
The culture of naked power 11
Politics and the Enron scandal, part I : the Enron system works - well, for some people! 18
Enron, part II : sex and the Enron scam 24
A dialogue about sex, violence, and the budget 26
It's the budget stupid! - Bush's lucky duckies 30
2 Classify this! : national security culture sets the norm 35
The intelligence culture in the national security age 37
Our aging Faust 41
A Panglossian conversation 46
History? : what's that? 50
3 Sheep don't need whipping : media in the twenty-first century 55
World news in shotgun pellets of anxiety from the media 57
Religious diversion from the issues in the age of reason and hi tech 62
Review of Pollock 65
Advertising can make you personally and politically crazy 67
Commercial messages produce advanced scatteration 71
Television : democracy at its ugliest 75
Clear channel fogs the airwaves 79
The film industry : business and ideology 83
4 Ahab can beat the whale 87
At two with nature 89
Commuting in Los Angeles 95
Privatize - the key to public culture 96
Will the next war be against smog? 100
A global warming sermon in dialogue 103
An Anza Borrego odyssey 106
Mount Whitney towers over Death Valley, but Death Valley doesn't look up to Whitney 108
Diseased meat? - could be wurst! 112
Exporting the best chemicals the stomach can absorb 114
Las Vegas : Bush's America 118
Cuba is not Las Vegas : scenes from a late summer Havana wedding 121
5 The Iraq conundrum 127
Bush and King Henry - similar birds of different feathers 129
Don't get distracted by Cameron Diaz's acne or talk of war 134
How 9/11 events helped democracy to evolve toward perfection 139
Different worlds 145
Shiite happens 149
The quiet American returns on film 153
Shopping, the end of the world, and G. W. Bush : part I 160
Shopping, the end of the world, and G. W. Bush : part II 164
6 Closing remarks 169
There is life after shopping - and its feels good 171
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