Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life

Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life

by Nato Thompson


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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson

One of the country's leading activist curators explores how corporations and governments have used art and culture to mystify and manipulate us.

The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless.

In Culture as Weapon, acclaimed curator and critic Nato Thompson reveals how institutions use art and culture to ensure profits and constrain dissent—and shows us that there are alternatives. An eye-opening account of the way advertising, media, and politics work today, Culture as Weapon offers a radically new way of looking at our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612196800
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,190,560
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

NATO THOMPSON is chief curator at Creative Time, one of New York's most prestigious and exciting art organizations. He is the editor of The Interventionists: A Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life; Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism (Melville House), and Ahistoric Occasion: Artists Making History. And he is the author of Seeing Power (Melville House).

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Real Culture War 3

2 The Persuaders 25

3 The Persuaders, Part II 53

4 Fear Machines 75

5 The Real Estate Show 97

6 The Insurgents: Community-Based Practice as Military Methodology 125

7 Sounding the Trumpet: Charity and the Image of Doing Good 155

8 Corporate Sociability: IKEA, the Apple Store, Starbucks, and Other Corporate Annexes of the Civic 183

9 The Ever-So-Personal Computer 213

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

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