You Are What You Buy: When Consumers Replace Citizens / Edition 1

You Are What You Buy: When Consumers Replace Citizens / Edition 1

by Saul Landau, Landau Landau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415944686

ISBN-13: 9780415944687

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

When President Bush promoted shopping as a patriotic duty, the American culture of consumption hit a new low. But a quiet revolution is growing in the developing world and in a new generation of Americans, fighting the advance of the shopping malls and the desolation they leave behind. Written by one of the most insightful critics of American commercialism, The

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When President Bush promoted shopping as a patriotic duty, the American culture of consumption hit a new low. But a quiet revolution is growing in the developing world and in a new generation of Americans, fighting the advance of the shopping malls and the desolation they leave behind. Written by one of the most insightful critics of American commercialism, The Business of America probes the forces that have transformed citizens into consumers eager to take as much as they can from the planet. From on-line shopping to spectator sports to the cash-and-carry ethos of political campaigns, Saul Landau decodes the subtle ways in which advertising images tell us to correct our inadequacies with more things: SUVs, credit cards, air conditioning, video games. The winds of change are blowing, Landau shows, from resurgent student protests for underpaid janitors to the "Group of 21," the developing countries that stopped the World Trade Organization dead in its tracks in 2003. Eschewing nostalgia for a simpler time—a less-interconnected world that can never return-The Business of America shows how we as citizens can regain our identities, stripping away the plastic overlay of consumerism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415944687
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Pathways Through the Twenty-First Century Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The Bush vision : a bipolar political disorder9
The culture of naked power11
Politics and the Enron scandal, part I : the Enron system works - well, for some people!18
Enron, part II : sex and the Enron scam24
A dialogue about sex, violence, and the budget26
It's the budget stupid! - Bush's lucky duckies30
2Classify this! : national security culture sets the norm35
The intelligence culture in the national security age37
Our aging Faust41
A Panglossian conversation46
History? : what's that?50
3Sheep don't need whipping : media in the twenty-first century55
World news in shotgun pellets of anxiety from the media57
Religious diversion from the issues in the age of reason and hi tech62
Review of Pollock65
Advertising can make you personally and politically crazy67
Commercial messages produce advanced scatteration71
Television : democracy at its ugliest75
Clear channel fogs the airwaves79
The film industry : business and ideology83
4Ahab can beat the whale87
At two with nature89
Commuting in Los Angeles95
Privatize - the key to public culture96
Will the next war be against smog?100
A global warming sermon in dialogue103
An Anza Borrego odyssey106
Mount Whitney towers over Death Valley, but Death Valley doesn't look up to Whitney108
Diseased meat? - could be wurst!112
Exporting the best chemicals the stomach can absorb114
Las Vegas : Bush's America118
Cuba is not Las Vegas : scenes from a late summer Havana wedding121
5The Iraq conundrum127
Bush and King Henry - similar birds of different feathers129
Don't get distracted by Cameron Diaz's acne or talk of war134
How 9/11 events helped democracy to evolve toward perfection139
Different worlds145
Shiite happens149
The quiet American returns on film153
Shopping, the end of the world, and G. W. Bush : part I160
Shopping, the end of the world, and G. W. Bush : part II164
6Closing remarks169
There is life after shopping - and its feels good171

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